How to Maintain Focus in the Information Age
We are living in the golden age of information. Never before have we had everything so easily accessible. Information is invaluable, but with so much of it coming at us through different mediums, it is very easy to get distracted and lose focus on tasks at hand. On top of that, you also tend to be overwhelmed.
To avoid the pitfalls of “too much information”, begin by preparing an old-fashioned to-do list. You can opt to write it down, type it or use any digital app that accomplish the same thing. Choose whichever tool you are most comfortable with. Then, break that list down into a series of tasks. It should include those that recur regularly, such as grocery shopping or reviewing new listings.
Next, take that same list and rearrange the entries according to importance. Intersperse the recurring entries that happen weekly or monthly. Review and update your list every day to reflect completed tasks and shifting priorities. Anyone in the real estate business knows how fast yesterday’s non-urgent matter can become today’s emergency. Remember that your list is an instrument to help you stay focused on short and long-term goals. It will work for both your professional and personal life. It is there to help you, not to overwhelm.
In addition to itemizing tasks and staying on top of getting everything done, you also need to fight the constant pull of entertainment that is so readily available. The news, movies and just about any TV show ever produced can be viewed on a television, tablet, computer or smartphone. Wi-Fi is everywhere, which is another cause for distraction. Rather than succumbing to the temptation or suffering from information overload, plan to allot yourself separate blocks of time for entertainment and work. Depriving yourself of the things you love rarely works, so rather than turning off technology completely, allot a few minutes or hours for your favourite diversion. After, you can just go back to your list and knock off a few items each day.
It is also important to set the stage. Some people like music playing when working while others need a quiet space. Adapt to a plan and style that works best for you. If large projects seem daunting and are causing you to lose sleep at night, try compartmentalizing them into smaller tasks spread out over a period of time.
Finally, learn when to put that gadget down and just focus on relaxation and good times spent with family and friends. Do not feel guilty about this! Successful people know that you have to look after yourself in order to best serve your clients and care for your loved ones.
Are you buying or selling a home in Calgary? Do you want an agent who has the enthusiasm and energy to get things done, with your best interests in mind at all times? Contact me at 403-617-8758, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kellymacdonald.ca and let's make good things happen!
About Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald is a Realtor® with The Real Estate Company in Calgary, where she has been living (and loving it!) since she was 10. Kelly offers her clients a unique mix of youthful vigor, creativity and technical and design savvy on one hand, and professionalism and transactional expertise from her business degree and strong administrative background on the other. Kelly is also a devoted wife and mother of two, with whom she finds time from her busy schedule to play scrabble and walk by the beautiful lake of their home in Southeast Calgary.