In today's busy world, time management isn't enough—the real challenge is focus management. In this video, Dave Crenshaw defines focus as the strategic allocation of resources towards that which is of most value.
- The world that we live in is incredibly hectic. Time management is no longer enough to help us be productive, we must also improve our focus management. In fact, focus may be a deeper issue because so many of us are not aware that we're having a problem with it. How many times have you started your work day with the intent of being focused and at the end you felt like you were just busy and didn't really accomplish anything? Or you're talking someone that you care about, an important relationship, and you notice that your attention just drifts during the conversation.
Or perhaps you were checking email and you clicked on a link that took you to a social site and 30 minutes later you still have an unfinished email on your screen. My definition of focus is the strategic allocation of your resources toward that which is of most value. What does that mean? It means that you use your time and attention on what matters most. Focus management is a critical survival skill, in our day. In fact, I'd like to elevate it, in your mind, to the level of time management.
Time management is like the vehicle that you drive, and yes you want to have an excellent, high performing car. Focus management is how well you drive that car, your ability to make good choices and get yourself at the destination that you want to reach. My goal in this course is to help you become a better self driver and stay on course.
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- Maintaining focus for longer periods of time
- Using your calendar to preserve focus
- Building a mental firewall
- Establishing expectations and boundaries
- Making time for others
- Avoiding distractions in a digital world
- Improving your workspace