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3 Common Prioritizing Mistakes That Kill Genius Juju

By Lindsay Hindle | Focus , Performance , Persistence , Practical Tool , Resilliency

Prioritizing properly is a must to avoid feeling frazzled. Frazzle kills your genius juju and we don’t want that cause the world needs your genius darling.

So I’m continuing my mission this week to help people sort out their priority puzzles. When it comes to doing BIG work in the world, especially if you are just starting out, everything can feel overwhelming. 

Last week I blogged about the importance of having a well prioritized to-do list, one that is free of AVOIDANCE tasks. You know, the filler things you hide behind instead of tackling the BIG important things? If you missed it, catch up here.

Now that we’ve just put some BIG priorities on your list, you’re probably wondering when and how do you get them done? Which one first?

Well, I’d like to share some common mistakes I see people making in the hopes it will help you with that.

Mistake #1 – Plunking without plotting

Commonly, people carve up their day guided by “what” is on their to-do list, but rarely stop to think about how long each item on that list is likely to take. This means you have a “Hope to do” list, but you don’t really know how realistic it is.

Why does this mistake matter? It causes two problems:

  • You make a plan you can’t stick to (ie. your structure breaks down)
  • You give yourself crap for meeting your own unrealistic expectations (ie. your morale breaks down)

Mistake #2 – Overlooking the Learning

Commonly, people don’t give due respect to the learning time of doing something new. You’re shooting yourself in the foot if you don’t take this into account. Knowing what is totally new on your list (never done before) needs special treatment.

Keep in mind you may have ‘learn-by-doing’ tasks or ‘absorb-first-implement-later’ kind of tasks, either way build in additional time for these things.

Mistake #3 – Skipping the scales

Ok, this analogy may not make sense for everyone, but hopefully you catch on!

When I was a kid I hated practicing piano, most especially scales. I wanted to skip ahead and just play the damn pieces of music. But skipping the scale drills made it harder to play the pieces, so I didn’t do myself any favours.

My point?

There are probably a lot of repetitive tasks that are ‘hands-off’ tasks ONCE you have a system set up for them. But if you don’t take the time to set up the foundation, they always remain ‘hands-on’ tasks and suck up resources that could otherwise be transferred elsewhere.

I’m talking really basic stuff, like do you have a ‘Grab “N Go’ spreadsheet where you keep all the important, most used/accessed URLS of your business so it takes seconds to share them and not minutes of searching and calling up your own sites every time?

Case in point, here is The Bravery Lab link (and by the way have you joined the community yet?). This took me just seconds to grab.

Remember you’re not just expending time resources, you’re expending mental energy (prime focus energy) that is needed elsewhere like learning!

Take the hit in the short-term to set some things up and benefit in the long term.

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Maybe you’re busy or maybe you’re trapped in avoidance

By Lindsay Hindle | Focus , Mind , Performance , Persistence , Practical Tool

Bueller…? Bueller….? Bueller…? You’ve probably heard the legend of the great Mr. Ferris Bueller and his infamous busy day! He had a jam packed schedule of dining-and-dashing, admiring priceless works of art, crashing a parade, and even taking a dip in his neighbour’s pool.

…But was he really busy or trapped in avoidance? The real reason he did all those things was to avoid going to school. Classic case of being trapped in avoidance!

We’ve all been a “Ferris Bueller” procrastinator at some point in our lives. I want to help you recognise your reasons for feeling busy, because that may hold the key to creating the focus you need to move your life and business forward in powerful ways.

Why are you really busy?

Everyone says they’re busy. To improve your focus and productivity, we need to see exactly what you’re doing that keeps you so busy. Get a pen and paper (or coloured sticky notes, or a tablet, or the back of your arm if you prefer) and write down everything that’s on your to-do list each day for the next week.

Look at each item on your list. Why did you write it down? Is it because it’s a necessity (like paying bills on time, taking your kids to school, picking up groceries…etc), or because you’re trying to make yourself busy so you don’t have time for something else on the list?

Now, highlight these tasks you don’t want to do — tasks that you’d much rather sing Twist and Shout at the top of your lungs from a float in the community parade, than actually do!

For each of these tasks, make an action plan to get them done and be accountable to complete them. Do you need someone to give you a swift kick in the butt (figuratively I hope)? Will educating yourself on the subject make you feel more confident? Maybe you need to find a way to block out the world (aka Facebook) so you can hunker down and get ‘er done. Others beat this procrastination by promising themselves a reward when it’s completed (manicure anyone?).

How to make a productive task list

Before adding a task or project to your list, make sure it’s not an avoidance task. Did you add this item because because it’s critical (perhaps from a third party dependency)? Or is it something you’re doing to avoid doing the other tasks?

Take your list and prioritize. If you need, boost your confidence by adding 1 or 2 quick wins (or easy/quick tasks) between larger/scarier tasks you’re trying to avoid. A quick boost of confidence can help give you the strength and motivation to move on to the difficult tasks.

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How To Finish What You Start

By Lindsay Hindle | Focus , Mind , Performance , Persistence , Practical Tool

Tired of letting distraction ruin your focus?

I think we can all agree rabbit holes are a major hazard for highly sensitive creative types. Ever find yourself cleaning your gemstones instead of working on a really important priority? I joke (and stereotype) but distraction is actually a HUGE barrier between you and the heart-led impact you want to make.

That’s why I’m about to share my secret of how I overcame my “squirrel!” like nature. I want you to have the upper hand against distraction so the world can enjoy your brilliant contributions.

What’s the focus secret?

It’s all about the micro-moment. The first few seconds when you’re about to get pulled in a “priority-opposite” direction are critical.  The secret of how to avoid the shiny object is with a focus-saving protocol. A what? Yup. You heard me. Think about it… first responders have lots of protocols they follow to quickly get from A to Z in an emergency. They don’t hum and haw or faff around, they have a procedural approach to manage the mayhem.

The tricky part is to become aware of the EXACT MOMENT you’re about to be distracted and follow the procedure below.

Finish What You Start Protocol

  1. PAUSE – ask what am I doing?
  2. ASK – is this the most important thing right now?
  3. ASK- what’s the most important thing right now?
  4. DISCERN – is the idea I am following something I can do later after I complete my priority?
  5. ALIGN – what does my gut say?
  6. HONOR – write down the thought on a list or idea in my idea binder so I can happily return to it later
  7. BREATH. SMILE. BEGIN TASK I NEED TO COMPLETE.

That’s it! It looks almost stupidly simple (does this really work?) The progress is in the practice. First responders drill their protocols over and over, so same same for you my squirrely friend!

This is the VITAL brain training to overcome your cycle of distraction that’s holding you back.

Speaking of being stuck in a cycle, your procrastinator type could be the culprit!

My advice above is really solid, but it may not work as well if you don’t know the root of why you distract, avoid & procrastinate. You need to know what’s driving you to distraction. So if you’re serious about taking your career, business or divine creation to the next level, get the right support by understanding your procrastinator archetype.

Give me just three minutes and I’ll tell you your procrastinator archetype and send you a customized toolkit that gets to the root of the problem. Click here to take the quiz now!