Stop wasting time and skyrocket your success. As an entrepreneur you have a choice: focus or perish. And here’s the kicker. Technology is both the problem and the solution to free up your time through automation. It’s the same technology that has entrepreneurs perishing from a lack of focus.
Whoever said “The successful man is the average man, focused.” is both brilliant and prophetic.
Look around you. Distractions are everywhere. Your precious time and attention are under attack from email and social networks. The seductive allure of titillating headlines and the fear of missing out takes over. Forget radio and television. Your smartphone and computer are command central for distraction.
A Global Epidemic Otherwise Known As Lack of Focus
The numbers say it all, and it isn’t pretty. The Huffington Post reports that 90% of workers check personal email at work. On personal time, 87% of respondents check business emails. Of the 6 hours a day spent on emails, half of that time is personal, and the other half is work related.
Ben Woods from Wired UK shares that social media distractions have 47% of people miss out on sleep. Of the same group, 31% skip spending time with family and friends. Best intentions aside, 49% admit to spending more time online than intended.
And speaking of online, the Social Media networks are burning up the charts for time we spend on them. Evan Asano reports in Social Media Today that we consume 116 minutes a day on social media. YouTube clocks in at 40 minutes, Facebook at 35 minutes and Snapchat at 25 minutes. Each. And. Every. Day.
Time and Not Money Is Your Most Valuable Resource
Unveiling the True Costs for Lack of Focus
In all likelihood, the number of daily distractions is higher, much higher.
3 Things Nobody Tells You About Wasting Time
1. Wasting Time Robs Your Creativity
2. Wasting Time Loses Your Focus Causing You To Perish
Apple was Steve Jobs. What’s missing from this picture is Jony Ive, the Chief Design Officer (CDO) at Apple.
The collaboration between Ive and Jobs led to everything iconic about Apple. As CDO, Ive’s designs touches everything and are at the heart of Apple. From the candy color iMacs, iOS interface, packaging, retail stores, and everything Apple.
Ive’s contribution to society and design had Buckingham Palace knight him in 2012. Ive gave a rare interview to Robert Sullivan from Vogue magazine. Sullivan notes:
“[Ive’s] phone neither rings nor vibrates; he has designed the moment for concentration. He nurses a white mug of tea, and the only thing in the room besides an iPhone is the pair of reading glasses…”
In the same interview, Ive said:
“I think now more than ever it’s important to be clear, to be singular and to have a perspective, one you didn’t generate as the result of doing a lot of focus groups.”
From the iconic iPhone to the Apple watch, how many interruptions do you think Ive experiences every day?
Now don’t get me wrong. When I talk about interruptions, I’m referring to something that stops your activities. In Sullivan’s article, he mentions how Ive’s design studio has loud music playing. In fact, legend has it that Ive told his designers to turn up the music when Jobs walked in to help mute his criticism.
Ive has figured out how to stop wasting time and mastered the power of focus. This resulted in the birth of the iPhone, iPad and Apple watch. Through Ive, the melding of technology, design, and people has forever changed society. Industries formed, countless jobs created, and new ways to connect to each other.
3. To Achieve Success Is To Master Focus
- Your ability to master hard things fast
- Your ability to produce, at what Newport calls, an ‘elite level’ with both quality and speed
The One Thing Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Oprah Have in Common
11 Strategies to Direct Your Focus and Command Life Success
1. Technology to Protect Your Time From Technology
2. The 5 Hour Rule
3. Sleep More
4. Finish What You Start
5. Avoid Perfection
6. Plan Ahead
7. Be Accountable to Others
8. Set Deadlines to Help You Stop Wasting Time
9. Set Goals
10. Do One Thing
11. Stop Wasting Time, Start Doing and Start Being
Stop Wasting Time So You Can Skyrocket Your Success
Gloria Mark article on Cost of Interrupted Work
The RescueTime program
StayFocused app for Chrome
Article by the One Thing Team – How to Stop Multitasking to Boost Your Productivity