“Focusing is about saying No.” –Steve Jobs
The more choices we have, the greater the need to focus. - Tom Butler-Bowdon
I am a creative person and as a result, I never have a shortage of ideas. I can always find a subject I want to explore, think of a new class to create, and find a plethora of things I’m passionate about. The problem is, is if I want to manifest any one of my ideas (which I do)-I have to stay focused.
The reality is that we only have so much time, energy, and money which means we must choose where to put our energy. The year as I reflect on the New Year, I’m going write on a 3 x5 card all of the things I’d like to do this year and then ask myself these questions:
- How important is this to me?
- Why is it important? (Do I know why this motivates me?)
- Is this part of my life purpose?
- Would I regret not doing this?
- How much time and energy will it take? Can I schedule it in? Do I have the time?
After I do this I’m then going to prioritize them by importance. If I could only do one of these, which would it be? If I could only do two of these, which would I choose? I’ve learned over the years that I can burn myself out trying to do it all.
Then I’m going to put up an artful display board in my work space where I can connect to my vision each day. That way when the world begins to encroach on my vision, I can more easily pull myself back to center.
I’ve noticed over the years too that it’s also good to factor in the unexpected and to intentionally make time for important relationships. It helps to minimize the frustration and makes for a much more balanced lifestyle.