Ever find yourself with “idea overload”? Do you get stuck by all the things you COULD be working on, and need help knowing what you SHOULD be working on? Check out this short video for tips on knowing how to focus on what matters to grow your business and be productive.
Hey, I’m Robin Konie and today is Focus Friday where we dial-in a specific element of business to help you work more effectively for better paydays and more balanced living.
So I was talking to a client the other day who was struggling with idea overload.
He’s the type of guy who loves to brainstorm and think through problems thoroughly. And he was super excited to take a big leap in his business when suddenly he found himself almost immobilized by all his options.
So I asked him a simple question. I said: Well, what do you want to be doing in five years?
The question made him stop. And I could hear the light bulb in his head turn on as he said, “I should clarify that, shouldn’t I?”
I laughed and said, “If you want to know what you should be working on now… I’d say it’s a good idea.”
Here’s the ridiculously simple truth as told by the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland.”
“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, ‘What road do I take?’
“The cat asked, ‘Where do you want to go?’
“I don’t know,” Alice said.
“‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t really matter, does it?’”
Once you have that vision, things start to get really clear.
If you have a 5-year goal you can map out the big milestones you need to reach to get there. Then it’s simply a matter of looking at the path you need to take and then asking yourself the simple question: What is the ONE THING I need to do in order to make everything else easier or unnecessary?
For example, I see a lot of new entrepreneurs set a goal to create an online business. They jump right into busywork mode. They create a website. Start a blog. Hop on social media. Create a product or program.
And then they get months (sometimes YEARS) into the process only to realize they don’t have any clear vision about what they are doing.
In fact, this was my big problem with my first business and why I ultimately sold it… after years of doing the work, and even making a good living from it, I realized that I was on a path that didn’t lead me to where I wanted to go.If you don’t have a clear pathway, it’s easy to jump into the satisfying, but generally empty tasks that make you feel productive but that don’t get you any closer to your dreams.
So ask yourself this: Where do you want to be in 5 years? And what’s the ONE thing you need to do today, this week, month, or year to get you closer to each necessary milestone.
Map it out. Then – and this is the important part – do your best Elsa impression to take all the other tasks and stuff that WON’T get you to your goals and “let ‘em go.”