How many times do you get distracted while trying to complete a task? What about after you finished a project you realized it took you longer than you expected. It sucks when that happens. Many times it’s because we struggle to stay focused and on task. That leads us learning and growing slower than we would like. So if you are tired of seeing slow growth and are ready to move ahead by leaps and bounds, I have a growth hack for you! I learned this from one of my mentors, I implemented it and I’ve started seeing incredible growth, so I want to share it with you! The ultimate growth hack is to have specific intentions for every part of your day.
You may have heard me talk about intentions before, remember that intentions are how you go about reaching your goals. Goals are what you do, while intentions are how. I schedule my day in about 15-minute increments. At most I work for about 45 minutes and then I stop and take a 5-15 minute break. For those 45 minutes I work on one task. I eliminate distractions, which for me means, putting my phone on Do Not Disturb, closing my email tab, and maybe putting on music. This helps me stay focused on the task at hand. When another idea or task pop into my head, I don’t totally ignore it. I write it down so I won’t forget about it but don’t let it distract me completely from my work. After it’s written down, I bring my attention back tot the task I’m working on.
I also ask myself what is my intention with this task/project. I set that as my main focus for that work time. By setting my intention it allows me to hone in my focus even more, get more done, and feel accomplished at the end.
Let’s jump even earlier. Before I even start that task I ask myself “what is the best way I can do this?” or “what can I do that will help the business the most?” The answers to these questions guide me and go on my to-do list. I follow that to-do list and give my energy to those tasks. Be specific and hold yourself to those intentions and tasks.
Once I started doing these things for my work, my productivity started to skyrocket. So much so that I started implementing it in other areas of my life. I started asking myself the following questions: “What do I need to be at my best?” Sometimes it’s just that I needed to take a quick walk to clear my head, maybe I needed to take a day off and go fishing to really push me forward. Push yourself, what do you need to be at your best? Have something that you are working towards and maybe take a day off once and a while to pursue that.
This can be even more impactful when it comes to your relationship. My mentor schedules out time in his day to be with his daughter. He started asking himself the question “how can I be the best father to her?” And “What does she need right now?” Ask yourself what the people you have relationships with want. Maybe they really want to go out for ice cream with you or play a game together. Ask the person what would make them the happiest, and then go do that! Of course, if whatever the person wants is something that could harm them, don’t just allow them to do it. Sit down and have a conversation with them about it, explain to them what the problem is.
Ever since I started asking myself these questions and allowing my intentions to be my main focus in work and life, my life has improved immensely. I not only get more accomplished, I feel closer to my wife, Katie, and feel more fulfilled.
I would love to hear what you think about the Ultimate Growth Hack! Please send me a message on social media @Jonesinfor or email me at [email protected]