This one tip can make you 10x more focused

accountant accounting email management task management Aug 28, 2020

So do you find that you're constantly busy? You get in the morning to the office or you open up your laptop and you've got emails to clear.

You clear those emails and then, more emails come in and then you've got to clear those, and you spend most of the day writing emails, responding to emails, looking at your inbox, without actually doing the stuff that's important to you, that's important to move the needle in your business. One tip I came across that's really helped me to focus on the things that are important to me is to have a daily highlight. So, and this was in the book, Make Time by Jake Knapp, and a friend of his, I can't remember his name, but they both used to work for Google, Great book, check it out, Make Time.

The concept of the daily highlight is to flip the day on its head. So to ask yourself, at the end of the day, what was my highlight for the day? But instead of asking yourself at the end of the day, ask yourself at the beginning of the day, what's my highlight going to be and write it down, put it in front of you.

Now, this daily highlight can be, it shouldn't be something that takes you five minutes, and it shouldn't be something that should take you hours and hours. They say in the book, that the optimal timeframe for a daily highlight is something around 60 to 90 minutes. So, enough prolonged period of time to give you that focus and laser-like attention on the project that's going to give you the most satisfaction, the most joy, and to be able to finish the day saying, "That was my highlight for the day. I'm glad I got that done because it helped me to move the needle forward in my business or whatever important and satisfying thing that you chose your daily highlight to be.

So, rather than spending our days in our inboxes, dealing with other people's priorities, let's get our daily highlight down at the beginning of the day, or the night before, so we're focused on doing the things that are important to us.