The difference between mediocrity and success is often found in the ability to focus. Focus affords its practitioner uncommon levels of intensity and discipline, which often lead to extraordinary accomplishment. In today’s column I’ll examine the main difference between those who dream and those who do – focus.
I am frequently asked what it takes to become more productive. My answer is simple: become very, very focused. Focus results in aligned priorities, order, discipline, and productivity. Even though numerous studies have concluded multi-tasking is detrimental to both personal and professional productivity, society has fallen prey to the illusion multi-tasking is a trait of the intellectually gifted – it is not.
Every time I read a job description that states: must be able to multi-task in a complex environment I cringe – what are people thinking? Rarely is being busy the same thing as being effective. In fact, most times the former is a barrier to the latter. Few people will be impressed by how busy you are, but most people are very impressed by those who actually accomplish something.
Via Gary Morrison