Where Do YOU Require Flexible Focus to Succeed?

By , The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Oops – here they come! Transitions. Conflicts. People problems. Emergency calls from home. You grit your teeth as you constantly shift your focus back and forth, for a minute, or a month. You manage it – usually – but it takes quite a toll. How does each new demand pull down your productivity? Would you like some support as challenges proliferate?

Well, developing Flexible Focus will give you the support you need.

Flexible Focus is deep, quiet work to create balancing strengths.

Put simply, you:

*Internalize the power.
For the emotional demands, you cultivate dynamic inner balance. And you also practice letting go of what’s no longer needed. The more attuned you remain to your core needs, the more you can rely upon your intuition and powers of  observation. You can trust yourself to develop a reliable overview. Ultimately, self-reliance and self-care are keys to relating well in a changing landscape.

*Externalize the tasks.
For the complex logistical tasks, you create a light but sturdy framework of lists and templates. Flexible Focus requires that you periodically step close to examine details, then step back to survey the big picture. As you record your new insights and discoveries, you’ll develop effective new systems for yourself, like checklists or scripts.

These skills are simplifiers and they can be lifesavers! So let’s see how you can apply Flexible Focus to your life today.

Here are several examples of classic situations that require Flexible Focus. Do you face any of these challenges now? Or, do any of these bring to mind other times when you have been stretched too thin?

  • Introducing/Integrating new people or projects into busy schedules.
  • Training new employees.
  • Balancing work and home demands.
  • Starting a new job.
  • Collaborating closely with a colleague whose work style is different from yours.

If any of these stand out for you, write them down. Remember, things become so much more manageable when you transfer them from your head to a page! Then, as mentioned:

*Internalize the power.
Go within to create a heart-based approach to the personal challenges, and

*Externalize the tasks.
Brainstorm about what systems you can develop to keep things running smoothly.

You start to benefit as soon as you realize certain situations call for Flexible Focus. Bringing more thoughtfulness to these times will broaden your perspective. It will help you be patient with yourself and others, too. See how creating these strengths sends positive ripples throughout your day. 

TIP: Flexible Focus Embraces Your Personal Welfare, Too!

Why not use Flexible Focus to balance your entire day? This will deepen your capacity for pleasure and reflection. To explore the personal dimension of Flexible Focus, let’s broaden our approach to use imagery to engage the senses.

Envision weaving a beautiful tapestry from the threads of your daily time choices. You use all your colors, and include all aspects of your life. Composing your day (by assigning and sequencing priorities,) is like composing the picture. You step forward to weave in the colors. Then you step back to see if anything needs rebalancing.

ACTION STEP:

As you envision your day and plan it out, schedule time to do what matters most to you personally. Write those activities down, alongside all the tasks you must complete, and give those special times the weight they deserve.

If and when challenges pop up, don’t automatically sacrifice your quality time to handle the added work. Like paying yourself first when you budget, practice “assertive prioritizing” to make sure that you end the day with some special moments that enrich you.

EXPLORATION:

As you work to apply Flexible Focus to projects, you may encounter “snarled” sections that resist a logical approach.

In the heart of those tangles may lie important issues to clarify and prioritize. Bring in extra patience and compassion when you feel yourself wanting to snap! And then, internalize the power by going within:

  • Draw out one thread at a time.
  • Breathe deeply, stretch and listen to soft music, if it helps calm you.
  • Examine the relationship of the knotted up portion of your day to the rest of your tapestry.
  • Give voice to any inner conflicts, and hear them out, applying your inner wisdom. Let this evolve until you feel centered.
  • Then allow yourself to flow into a new time balance, as needed.

Paula Eder, PhD is an internationally-known coach and published author who specializes in mentoring heart-based entrepreneurs and small business owners, from the inside out, to align their core values and energy with their time choices and behaviors so that they make more money, create more freedom, and find more time.  To learn more about Paula’s unique, Heart-Based Time Management™ System and begin your transformational journey, sign up for her Finding Time Success Kit. Discover how you can find time for what matters most.

© Copyright 2011 Paula Eder, Ph.D.

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