Staying Focused

Home Stager with Academy of Staging and Redesign

Many people who are left on their own struggle with staying focused. I've rarely had this type of problem but I know it is common for many others.

One of the best ways to keep your focus is to firmly set long term, intermediate and short term goals.  It's important to be as specific as possible with each goal. Generalities won't cut it.

Long term goals should identify where you want to be in five years.

Intermediate goals deal with where you want to be and what you want to accomplish this year.

Short term goals should deal with what you want to accomplish on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

It's always best to write down your goals for the day in the order of priority.  Don't overload the day's activities but make the day reasonably full - not stressful - but enough to keep you on your toes.

After each daily goal is met, cross it off the list or put a huge check mark next to it on your paper, phone or notebook.  You'll feel even more energized each time something is accomplished it will help you move to the next goal and achieve it as well.

Lastly, keep your work time tasks focused on tactics and strategies that lead directly to profit making. Knowing throughout the day that profit has been made is very energizing.  Save the non-profit making tasks for after hours or weekends.

Good luck.


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Cheryl Malone
Windermere Van Vleet - Medford, OR

The only way I can get enough things done is to write them down and then cross them off... makes you feel like you got something accomplished.

Mar 30, 2011 04:27 PM #1
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Barbara - I'm like Cheryl ... I start a new journal every year ... first page has the goals for the year ... the following pages have the tasks, phone messages, callback etc. as each day develops!  If I lose the book ... I guess I'll just have to wait until next year(LOL).

Mar 30, 2011 04:36 PM #2
Christopher Taylor
Corpus Christi, TX

Good idea, I have found that I need to write things down also, otherwise I spend too much time trying to remember what I am forgetting.  LOL

Mar 30, 2011 04:39 PM #3
Cheryl Brewer
Mike Bowman - Grapevine, TX
Selling Homes since 1997

I find that I get distracted with all the information that is sent to me. I have to close off some of the things that get me off focus.

Mar 30, 2011 04:39 PM #4
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Staying focused is so important and so difficult in this multi-task oriented industry of ours!

Mar 30, 2011 05:03 PM #5
Caroline DeVore, Stowe Vermont Lodging, VT Bed and Breakfast Inn, Vacation Homes
Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT Romantic and Luxurious Inn - Stowe, VT
Caroline DeVore | Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT

There is such a delicate balance that we have to find between getting the urgent things done vs. getting the "quick hit" but not as important things done.  My list often has both and I have to remember to stay focused and balanced.  I LOVE crossing things off my list, but sometimes the more urgent items take longer to reach conclusion.   Thanks for this post!  Caroline

Mar 31, 2011 11:53 AM #6
Barbara Jennings
Academy of Staging and Redesign - Huntington Beach, CA

Thanks for sharing and all the great comments. I also feel it's not even a matter of finishing the task as much as it is to put the effort in. It's great to stay focused, even if not all the time. So many people look for reasons not to succeed and justify their failure. So effort is great! Completion is greater.

Mar 31, 2011 03:11 PM #7
Barbara "Barb" Bodnar, Licensed Associate RE Broker
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Yorktown, NY
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Barbara, you are so right.  We all have different styles and ways of staying on track in a busy world.  Effort is great, and, completion is the best.  Taking small steps and finding the unique way for your own style and personality always helps. 

Apr 03, 2011 01:53 AM #8
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