I’ve been reflecting on some of the lessons that I have learned during the course of the last few months. This year has been particularly busy for me and, in retrospect, there are a number of things that I would have handled differently.
I’ve come to recognise the value of focus and the danger of spreading yourself too thin.
The truth of this became evident to me when I was trying to manage a number of new projects simultaneously. Earlier this year, I quit my job and decided to try my hand at being in business for myself. In conjunction with this, I was actively trying to develop a new and alternative career path for myself (in health/fitness). Both of these fields were unrelated. I also started this blog.
You can probably guess what happened.
As a consequence of constantly having to shift my focus to each of these different ventures, it was very hard to get positive momentum going in ANY of them. I was spread too thin. I couldn’t make progress and I wound up producing mediocre results in all three ventures.
If I could do it again, what would I do?
Pick one project. Focus on it like a laser. Immerse yourself in that project and move it forward as rapidly as you can.
One of my favourite mentors has written some great insights on the topic (read it here). Here is an excerpt from one of his posts:
“Big goals often require tons of learning. A good example would be starting a new business. If you try to pick away at that goal a few hours a week, you may never get it done. It’s better to put the rest of your life on hold and just go at it like a madman for a while.
You don’t have to push through from beginning to end on the first try. You can push ahead in focused phases. For example, if you want to start an online business, your first phase might be to educate yourself. Then you can take a few weeks off to focus on a different part of your life — or just relax. Your next phase might be to build your website and get it launched.”
Focus and immersion. That’s how I’ll be handling things in the future.