How in the devil do you stay focused?

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I'm sitting here looking over what I have to do. I could fill a legal pad. I always try to say to myself, "I'm going to do one thing at a time," but with IM, it's so easy to do multiple things. I've found myself listening to a webinar while writing or planning a page layout.

So I'm sitting here looking at what I want to do- just the big things: complete the main content on my two sites I'm trying to build into authority sites; pre-load a wiki and a forum; start a writing service; contact some clients about the affiliate program I'm managing; get a new affiliate program as a client; add products to my authority sites; find product suppliers so I can eventually do the previous step without relying on Amazon.

What criteria do other warriors use to prioritize? I think I'd like to start the writing service first- not because it's the most inspiring thing on my list- but because I'm bound to learn more about how other people promote based on what they ask me to do and because it brings in immediate money to fund the other stuff.

How do you successful folks do it? After a year of this, all my projects are inching close to completion, but none of them get there. I'd love some advice on what people do to prioritize.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I wish I could say I stay focused - but I don't always do that. However, if I find myself with several ideas or projects nearing completion I end to focus on one and complete it. The others may suffer from neglect for a short time but at least something gets DONE. All the "in process" projects in the world won't make as much money as one completed site or project that has been launched online.

    Whenever I realize I've spent several days working on various sites or projects without launching a site or completing anything - I know it's time to re-focus and attack one thing until it's done.

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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    I just outsource everything because I know I can't stay focused.

    Although you still gotta focus on how and what needs to be outsourced.
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  • Profile picture of the author wvcopywriter
    When I find myself brain scattered, I get up and go out side for a bit. Fresh air seems to help me keep my focus back. Then I just focus one project at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronmartin
    Make a mental list of what is more pressing, then list them down on paper in the order that you want them to become completed. Just like making goals........to finish things. Then start with one at a time and soon you will be to the end of the pile........
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  • Profile picture of the author suppan99
    I have the same problem....

    Lack of knowledge is problem for some people. Now what I see, what I read, its all known to me. But I dont make money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikey22
    Definitely try and find the most important thing that needs to be done, and concentrate on that. Dont move on until thats done, always one thing at a time and do the most important task first
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  • Profile picture of the author King Shiloh
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    I stay focused by deciding to stay focused. I don't outsource everything to avoid being tempted to outsource my life someday.

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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Quite often I just go out and do my things. When I come back I am more focused to get it done.

    Sometimes I just need to focus on goals: when project A is done the goal is... etc.

    But I am sure it depends from person to person. Some people think about the monetary objectives too, and it seem to work pretty well for them
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  • Profile picture of the author JAlexander
    I think about what I will do with the Money the deeds will generate and if that is not working I will pick the top 3 activities that will produce the greatest results. Once they are done I simply repeat, new things pop up and I just fit them in. Knowing "Why" you are doing this to begin with is a MUST to have any staying power in almost any endeavor.

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  • Profile picture of the author jointaldc
    Priorities, I can't stress it enough, do what's more important first, if you can outsource the rest, then there you go, although it doesn't solve everything, it definitely lessens the stress on your brain
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  • Profile picture of the author caseycase
    I have a bulletin board next to my computer where I put what need to be done for the day/week. When I write it down, something in me makes me work hard to cross it off.
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    • Profile picture of the author RasiFranks
      I agree with going outside and getting fresh air. Theres nothing like a good walk to help you re-focus and rekindle your drive for whatever project it is you're working on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aira Bongco
    When I have to do a lot of things. The first thing I do is list them down. That way, I can do them one at a time. Then I exercise the five minute rule where I promise myself that I will work for five minutes straight then rest after that. After that, I become surprised as to how much stuff I finished.

    Of course, I am not claiming that I can stay focused all the time. It is just my way to cope and still finish everything that I need to do. Of course, my day is not dedicated to work alone. I go out, I exercise, I do some household chores. It is a great way to stretch out while still doing important things for myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    It sounds like you have to prioritize and figure out which tasks take precedence over others. You cannot do everything all at once, so prioritize all these tasks and accomplish the high-level tasks first (one at a time, of course) and then move down the list as they're finished!

    Don't try to multi-task and do everything at once, because that will slow you down and is very inefficient.

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  • Profile picture of the author Venturetothetop
    Hey Alpa

    We have all ben in your situation, and I still fight it everyday, but I have a way to get over it, using Four Magic Words which I hang above my monitor. I have written about it in a little detail in a free ebook I released only to War room members (I see you are a member). Its a short ebook and has great reviews so it does work, maybe it will help you.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/war-room...e-forever.html
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  • Profile picture of the author alpacabob
    I think I've used something like that Pomodoro technique. One of my roommates made the point to me when we were in college that I needed to do better at separating work and play. Maybe it's just being too anxious, but that's so hard for me. But in the midst of our theses, he was writing a 200 page thesis that ended up published, got up at the same time as me, and was playing video games by 6:00 every night.

    The trouble for me is that I now have kids- so I can't just say, "well- it's 6:00, time to put work aside and just enjoy my night" since the kids sometimes need things that aren't always fun. I think giving myself a rigorous time schedule for working on a specific project will do me good.

    Also- Venture- thanks for the link- I've downloaded that am am reading it now.
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  • Profile picture of the author mbit
    I agree with focussing on one project and going outdoors for some fresh air.

    Sometimes im working on a project and get inspiration for others.
    Just write them down and pick them up later when you're working on the other project.
    Making notes on you phone helps in this case. Review them and expand on the note when you have the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author helenaldin
    You may think you're multitasking, but in truth, you're still doing one incomplete thing at a time. Your brain can only process one thought at a time.

    While you're IM'ing, you may be LISTENING to a webinar, but you aren't hearing and retaining the information while you're writing your IM.

    My friend Rachel keeps an hourglass on her desk so that she remembers to do one thing really well at a time. The sand gets from the top to the bottom of the hourglass one grain at a time - and she's one of the most productive people I know!
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    • Profile picture of the author alpacabob
      Ooh- I really like the hourglass idea. I'm one of those people who could probably pave a road to hell if the cliche that the road to hell is paved with good intentions turns out to be true. Don't get me wrong- I have a Master's degree from arguably the most renowned school for my particular field- I can focus if I'm under a lot of pressure. But I think the hourglass would create that pressure in an artificial, but healthy way. I need something to loom over me to cause me to let go of the distractions.
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    Well I can tell you a hundred things that you should not do... out of my own personal experience... if somebody can tell one thing that I should do to be successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author gjabiz
    I have a process. It has been tested and proven effective.

    All of my "students" go through it.

    One page goal sheet.
    4 page "White paper"
    10 page report on what they think they want to do. So step one is to THINK. 10 pages may not sound like much, but, it is hard to do. I help by asking questions.

    ONCE they have a 10 page overview, they create a "PictoGrigm" (a simple picture) on their Whiteboard. This gives them something to look at every day from their computers.

    The White Board has a Pyramid on it, which represents TIME it takes to get to the goal. There are steps on the pyramid. These are put there from a BACKWARD CHAINING process, from the top down.

    These are broken into TIME increments, with action steps.

    Using this technique gives you a very clear PICTURE of where you are going, what you are trying to achieve and the steps you MUST take to get there. There are nuances of course, but the basic jist is

    have something you can SEE every single day. Something to look at, with goals and pictures of your success on it...and SEE the plan of action it takes to get there.

    IF you sit and stare and don't DO, then there is a problem with your view from the top of the Pyramid.

    You don't need a White board even, get a roll of clear drawer "liner" and put it on a piece of cardboard, works great. Or Staples type places have rolls of plastic to cover books, paper etc.

    HAVE something to look at everyday and a REASON for wanting what you see to come true.

    It works.

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    Originally Posted by alpacabob View Post

    I'm sitting here looking over what I have to do. I could fill a legal pad. I always try to say to myself, "I'm going to do one thing at a time," but with IM, it's so easy to do multiple things. I've found myself listening to a webinar while writing or planning a page layout.

    So I'm sitting here looking at what I want to do- just the big things: complete the main content on my two sites I'm trying to build into authority sites; pre-load a wiki and a forum; start a writing service; contact some clients about the affiliate program I'm managing; get a new affiliate program as a client; add products to my authority sites; find product suppliers so I can eventually do the previous step without relying on Amazon.

    What criteria do other warriors use to prioritize? I think I'd like to start the writing service first- not because it's the most inspiring thing on my list- but because I'm bound to learn more about how other people promote based on what they ask me to do and because it brings in immediate money to fund the other stuff.

    How do you successful folks do it? After a year of this, all my projects are inching close to completion, but none of them get there. I'd love some advice on what people do to prioritize.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bo Mill
    Outsource the things you hate doing.

    Also, who says you really have to stay focused all the time? You're your own boss, you're not gonna lose your job if you don't stay focused 100% of the time.
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    Sound proof headphones and Pandora internet radio.
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    be interested in what you do most of all –that way it's not work
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  • Profile picture of the author helenaldin
    Other helpful possibilities:
    1. While you've got that legal pad - prioritize the items according to importance. Then rewrite your list, based on the numbers you used to prioritize.

    2. If you still get overwhelmed looking at the list, only write ONE item per page. That way, you're only looking at one time instead of an entire list.
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    • Profile picture of the author alpacabob
      Originally Posted by helenaldin View Post

      2. If you still get overwhelmed looking at the list, only write ONE item per page. That way, you're only looking at one time instead of an entire list.
      I've started doing something similar that's starting to work out for me. I have my sort of "master" to-do list in which I keep all the big projects. Then I pick one to work on and give myself no more than three tasks on it. When those are done, I can go back and look at the bigger list and make my next temporary budget.

      The trick here is that making the commitment is easy, but sticking to it isn't. It requires some discipline to only do those three things.


      Also- whoever said that being interested makes all the difference is totally right. I was excited about something I was doing last night and trying to figure out some ways to apply some abstract ideas I'd been batting around. I planned out a new marketing strategy for a large business in less than an hour- and I just looked at it and it's good.
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  • Profile picture of the author webspider20
    Most people have a hard time staying focused and you can see that in all the decent sites that have not yet hit the big stage yet. For instance do you think john chow or darren rowse had a problem staying focused? I bet they did, but found a way to overcome it and now they are making bank.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    This is a problem I seem to be getting a lot at the moment,but there are some great suggestions here though!outsourcing sounds like the way forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author Deric Neufeld
    Some good ideas! I sometimes lose track of everything that I need to do. Paralysis by analysis sort of. When I make a to do list and put priorities first, it will bug me enough to do try to finish the list. I have to have it in front of my eyeballs to make it work best though.
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  • Profile picture of the author ColdFire123
    I can’t always stay focus on one thing. Because if I focus on one the others may suffer from neglect. Thats why I need to manage my time.
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