The Agile Career Podcast

Creating Focus

June 07, 2020 Günter Richter Season 1 Episode 10
The Agile Career Podcast
Creating Focus
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The Agile Career Podcast
Creating Focus
Jun 07, 2020 Season 1 Episode 10
Günter Richter

In this episode, I cover the importance of focus and some of the tools that we can use to create and maintain focus. I first talk about focus in the broader context and how we can approach goal setting and track our progress. Next, I speak about focus at a more granular level and share some tips and tricks on how we can maintain focus and avoid distractions.

Key Takeaways

  • Think about setting our goals in the same way that organisations set their strategy by using vision and mission statements
  • Long-term planning is important but don't get blinded by your longer-term goals as circumstances change around you 
  • Write down your objectives!
  • Be specific about your objectives
  • Focus on the essentials
  • Use objectives and key results (OKRs) to plan and track your goals
  • Avoid procrastination by just making a start and eating the frog
  • Break your tasks down into smaller chunks
  • When tempted by distractions, think if this distraction will help you achieve your end-goal
  • Multitasking comes at a 20-40% overhead
  • Think about the 80/20 rule when deciding which tasks to tackle
  • Be aware of attention fatigue
  • Unsubscribe from email lists!
  • Learn to say no
  • Use the Eisenhower matrix to triage and prioritise tasks
  • Reframe negative thoughts to help you get back on track
  • Be present


Resources Mentioned


Books Mentioned
I recommend reading the following books:


Connect with me
You can connect with me by visiting my website or LinkedIn page.

Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)

Show Notes

In this episode, I cover the importance of focus and some of the tools that we can use to create and maintain focus. I first talk about focus in the broader context and how we can approach goal setting and track our progress. Next, I speak about focus at a more granular level and share some tips and tricks on how we can maintain focus and avoid distractions.

Key Takeaways

  • Think about setting our goals in the same way that organisations set their strategy by using vision and mission statements
  • Long-term planning is important but don't get blinded by your longer-term goals as circumstances change around you 
  • Write down your objectives!
  • Be specific about your objectives
  • Focus on the essentials
  • Use objectives and key results (OKRs) to plan and track your goals
  • Avoid procrastination by just making a start and eating the frog
  • Break your tasks down into smaller chunks
  • When tempted by distractions, think if this distraction will help you achieve your end-goal
  • Multitasking comes at a 20-40% overhead
  • Think about the 80/20 rule when deciding which tasks to tackle
  • Be aware of attention fatigue
  • Unsubscribe from email lists!
  • Learn to say no
  • Use the Eisenhower matrix to triage and prioritise tasks
  • Reframe negative thoughts to help you get back on track
  • Be present


Resources Mentioned


Books Mentioned
I recommend reading the following books:


Connect with me
You can connect with me by visiting my website or LinkedIn page.

Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)