I’m focusing on doing fewer things.
Cutting Back on Facebook
I’d been in the habit of using Facebook four or more times a day, mostly while multitasking. Now I limit it to twice a day with little or no multitasking.
I’ve cut back to 12 hours or less per week — only watching after 8:00 pm on Monday through Thursday.
I set tasks on weekdays*, which must be meaningful and work toward long-term goals. I aim daily to carry out one Major and one Minor (or two Major) tasks. For example, I have a long-term goal of getting debt free. A Major daily task toward that would be to list three new items in our business website’s store or list an item on eBay.
On another day a Major would be to write, since that is a lifetime goal.
One Minor task for this week is order a car part. It’s Minor because while necessary it has less significant impact on long-term goals.
I practice Focus Habits, which are routines I keep up that also work toward long-term goals. Examples are exercising 30 minutes on an elliptical on weekdays*, reading two or three chapters in the Bible plus a few verses in Proverbs, and reading at least 10 pages of a motivational or business related book.
The Rest of the Time
Focusing is a process. I’ve not arrived. I don’t regiment my whole day. I do have unwritten/unspoken routines. I cook most of our meals, empty the dishwasher, mow the lawn, order merchandise, get ready for trade shows, etc., working on doing only one (or two) things at a time.
I want to focus my life, reducing distractions, to make time for what’s really important.
*Weekdays for me are Monday – Thursday, my “in home” workdays. I work outside the home Friday – Sunday.