How Focused Are You?
I have the ability to focus so intently that I truly am not aware of the world around me.
It's a gift.
It's a curse.
It's part of being an introvert.
It's who I am.
When I'm focused on a project like:
- writing a blog post
- creating a banner ad
- reviewing analytics with a client or team member
- creating a webinar
- outlining a strategy for a promotion
- writing an ebook
- laying out the 25-30 emails that will be in an autoresponder campaign …
distractions become non-existent.
And while I don't focus to this intensity all the time, I am able to do it intentionally.
This means that I get a lot done. Not in a fast or short period of time, because I'm doing things one at a time. But in actuality, I get more done than the average person in an office setting.
It means that through my years as a corporate employee I annoyed a LOT of people. Those people who expected me to drop my pen to answer the phone, to set aside the computations to answer a question, to stop creating a design so that they could show me something. And then there are those people who couldn't understand my lack of interest in idle chit chat. Yeah, well, you're interrupting me and it's going to take me 10 minutes to get back into focus, only to be interrupted again.
I'm now remembering that feeling of frustration and annoyance I had every day, that built up and became a solid feeling of ICK in my belly – every day.
Let's Get Focused
Enough about that! Let's get focused on today.
That ICK feeling is why I love what I'm doing today. And it all started in June, 2008.
I don't have those interruptions.
I have the freedom to turn off the ringer on the telephone.
I have the freedom to work from anywhere I want to – away from any possibility of interruption.
I have the freedom to do the work I want to do.
Because I have a team of people I rely on for their expertise, I am able to manage them and their projects instead of doing it all myself.
So far, today I've written a blog post, researched the franchise business industry, watched a webinar. The list on my desk includes: putting the finishing touches on a webinar I plan to do next week, record two videos for the YouTube channel, review stats on an ad campaign for a client, touch base with my admin to see if she needs anything from me.
And then my actual working day will end at 1 pm.
And those who know me know this to be true – I will be enjoying a good book for a lot of this afternoon, cozying up in my recliner and eating a bowl of homemade beef & cabbage soup. And feeling good because I got a lot done today.