Managing your time is tough, especially with a manager that is constantly changing your priorities. And even if you work on your own, it is easy to lose focus and attention.
What has our attention is what gets done — and if what has your attention is surfing the Internet, that is what gets done. Not the goals you have set for yourself.
The trick with time management isn’t that you will get off track. It isn’t to eliminate all those distractions, though that helps. But you can’t eliminate your manager or your family or all those significant others that can demand your time.
No, the trick with time management is that when you lose focus on your goals, you can quickly get back on the wagon and keep on going.
No, getting back on track is not easy as much as we would like to trust the theory. Once “in the weeds” of something, it’s very hard to get back out.
One of the most powerful ways to get back on track is to use rituals to get focused again on our goals. Ritual, or habit, is the key to taking time management to the next level.
I’ve seen some great rituals play into making your time more focused:
But no matter what your method of focus, you need a ritual to keep getting back on track with time management. Without the ritual, it’s too easy to get off track. Or entirely off course.
How do you get focus back when you get off track?