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A 3 Step Process to Help You Stay Focused and Productive

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“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”

If you think back to a time when you were at your best I would bet you had some important goal you were working on.

I know in my life when I have purposeful goals and am inspired by these goals I feel better and am more engaged in life.

The tricky part is anyone can set goals and create a plan to achieve them, but it’s not always so easy to stay motivated and follow through with our goals and desires.

People tend to get off track and distracted by the less important details of life. (Should I really go see that movie tonight? Is watching this television program really going to help me get what I want?… etc.)

That’s why I want to share a process to help you stay productive and focused as we roll into the New Year!

Now don’t get me wrong, we all need to take breaks and carve out time to have fun. Being a workaholic is certainly not a healthy option!

But we also need to have a way to stay productive, focus on what’s most important, and remain consistently disciplined with this.

So, here is a three step process to help you stay more productive and effective as you work toward your 2015 goals.

1. Assessment

When you wake up in the morning take time to reflect on what is most important. What is on your agenda for the day? What action steps are going to be the most productive? What are your competing commitments? Assess your situation and take time to reflect on what you want to create. Don’t get stuck over thinking, just make sure to be clear on what what is most important and what may be a distraction.

2. Attitude

Once you know the important steps to take and what to avoid it’s time to get yourself focused and prepared with a positive state of mind. Having a positive attitude is a major factor in staying focused and bouncing back from challenges as they appear. Remind yourself why you want what you want. What will it mean to you? How will it enhance your life? Be optimistic and focus on the success you want to see. Check out this post for some more specific way to elevate your attitude.

3. Action

A positive attitude alone won’t help you achieve goals or create results. We also have to take positive action on a consistent basis. After you determine the steps you can take, go out there and do what needs to be done. Move through resistance by taking immediate action. Small daily action will have a large impact over time.

Whether you use these ideas on a day to day basis or solely when you encounter obstacles and setbacks, they can help you stay more focused on the thinking, feelings, and behaviors that will serve your success.

A 3 Step Process to Help You Stay Focused and Productive

Joe Wilner

Joe Wilner is a life coach, licensed clinical psychotherapist (LCP), and drummer from the band Yes You Are. He is also creator of You Have a Calling, a blog and online community helping people discover and pursue their life’s work and mission. Through deep and personalized coaching, he helps ambitious, creative, and spiritually minded individuals make a greater impact, grow as leaders, and design a soulful life they are inspired by.

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Wilner, J. (2015). A 3 Step Process to Help You Stay Focused and Productive. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 4, 2020, from


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