A method to stay focused on what you want to do


Albert Schweitzer once said, “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.”

We’re seeing more and more peer-to-peer help within the Unstuck community, and we thank you — for daring to be vulnerable publicly and for rising to the call and helping others.

In our Unstuck newsletter, we featured “How to stop drowning in a sea of details,” which prompted a reader to comment that she could use a system to remain accountable. Two fellow readers stepped forward with great suggestions.

Dan Butcher suggested a tactic he uses on occasion himself: Give someone you trust a check for $100, written out to a cause you detest. If you don’t get done what you need to, the check gets sent. We like this idea for larger, nonrecurring tasks.

To help with daily distraction/procrastination, entrepreneur James Rick offers the Focus Sheet. Every morning, you write out your goals for the day, list the tasks associated with those goals, create a schedule, and then record a timeline of how you spent your time.

It takes the purpose of the Eisenhower Matrix, which is to prioritize what to do, and drills down into how and when to get things done.

For more details on how Focus Sheets work, watch James’ video, above.

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