We want to do better and be better at what we do but sometimes we feel we’re being held back by things either outside or inside us. Well, I’ve got some good news for you.
We all have the ability to win at whatever we do. We can all have a winner’s mindset. The challenge usually has to do with discipline and willpower. It’s actually simple: it all comes down to doing what matters most rather than dealing with distractions.
Distractions are things you can’t control. They are things that trigger you to do something you hadn’t planned on doing. For managers, this could be a phone call, an email pop-up on your screen, or someone walking in with a question. The list is endless. These distractions mess up your time management and often keep you away from achieving that winner’s mindset.
Do you want to know how you can take control of your time and become a winner every day? It takes a simple exercise, which I’ll share a bit later. For now, think about the following statement: “Whichever one you feed will win the day”.
You can either feed–in other words, direct your attention to–the things you have planned for the day or you can feed the distractions. If you feed the distractions, at the end of the day you will feel like the distractions won out, and will be frustrated that all the things you had planned to do are just not done. Now you have to start tomorrow with what you didn’t get done today plus all the stuff you had planned to do tomorrow. A classic vicious circle that leaves you exhausted and further from the goal of winning instead of closer to it.
So, here’s a quick suggestion: take a few minutes at the end of each day and list all the things that demanded your time and you could not ignore them even if they were not in your plan for that day. List no more than 10 and each day record how much time these take from your planned schedule for that day.