Thanksgiving is the unofficial start to the holiday season. A season of shopping, inactivity, and overindulging, which means it’s essential to stay hyper focused and not take your eye off your bigger goals. Navigating holiday interferences is a challenge for everyone, even the most productive and successful people. We live in a world that is already full of distractions—but adding Thanksgiving through the New Year and everything in between to the mix, can truly turn your world into a state of chaos and missed opportunities. Even if you don’t participate in these holidays, your employees, co-workers, customers, clients and others around you probably do. In order to keep up your massive 10X levels of action stop thinking of the holidays as a vacation or time of year where you don’t have to remain productive. Remember this: November and December only offer 61 days to work, then subtract Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and for some people, weekends. Your last two months of the year are overwhelmed with holiday distractions and all the other unplanned activities that manage to seep into daily life. Here are 5 tips to remain focused through the holidays:
- List all possible distractions: Create two columns on one sheet of paper. In column A, list the things that won’t ever contribute to your production. In column B list the distractions and activities you must do—the ones that add value to family, church, community, etc. Now, avoid all activities in column A. It’s that simple and seeing it on paper will increase your awareness of these potential and meaningless distractions.
- Remove ALL white space from your calendar: You should be so busy that you don’t know what day it is. Stacking your days is a must, especially during this time. The days in November and December that are free from holiday distractions must be filled with calls, meetings and goals. Establish a policy that during those no-distraction days you will commit to new levels of actions. When people complain that they “haven’t seen you around,” you know you’re on the right track. The more productive you are, the less distracted you’ll be.
- Create time instead of managing it: Divide each hour into four 15-minute blocks of time and see how much you can complete in each 15-minute block. Work fast and furiously to see how much you can accomplish—make it a game. When you start to approach time this way, you start to move from one thing to the next with little room for disruption.
- Share your seasonal strategy: The more people know about your commitment and dedication the better off you will be. Ask those closest to you to agree contractually to support you. Let your friends, family and colleagues know your goals and that you need their help and support. They will want to see you achieve what you set out to do.
- Get obsessed!: The only way to eliminate any distraction is to get completely obsessed. This method will cause everyday distractions to seemingly disappear. This is when you don’t even hear the TV or other noise going on around you.
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