How to maximize your ROI in this course
Getting the Most form this Course
In this course, written specifically for business owners just like you, we bring you simple activities that are tried, tested and make a real difference to how you focus your attention.
By interviewing a diverse group of business owners and showing them some of the activities that will help them deal with specific challenges that they face we hope that you will see the value and application of the various activities.
We suggest that to optimise the return for your investment of time and money that you watch each video and do the activity shown along with us.
Once you have completed the activities shown in the full suite of videos we encourage you to do the activities daily for a period of 30 days to train your brain for sharper., deeper focus that may be used for ever longer periods. Like every skil,l focusing your attention is improved by practice.
To check how long you stay focused we suggest that you time a simple activity such as adding and subtracting numbers always keeping the total value below 10.
e.g. 2+1(3)+3(6)-1(5)+2(7)-1(6)+3(9)-5(4)+2(6)-3(3)+5(8) etc
We suggest that you record your progress by testing how long you can stay focused each day on the record sheet and notice how long you can stay focused. most days you will see a significant improvement.
We also suggest that you add a comment each day to your record sheet on how easy/difficult it was to stay focused.
While recognizing that test this is limited to addition and subtraction of numbers it is a sample of what you may do daily to measure your focus.
In this course we outline a SMARTER approach to setting a goal and we suggest that you use this SMARTER approach to increae the amount of time you tay focused each day.
To eat an elephant one must take a bite at a time, to quote business owner Breifne Earley,(interviewed in section 1) who won the World Cycle Race in 2015 covering 30,000 kilometers, we suggest that you set a specific goal for the shortest practicable amount of time to get used to focusing and gradually extend the period that you focus for over the month ahead.
Taking the analogy of Breifne and cycling- on day one set your goal to cycle for 5,8 or 10 minutes or whatever is appropriate.Next day add 5 minutes to this time and so on until you are focusing your attention for up to 90 minutes at an time an beyond.
What we know anecdotally is that when something really holds your interest and fully engages you, then you may already stay focused for extended periods of time. This course uses the SMARTER approach to setting goals and if you adopt it in your business then you will be setting goals that engage your whole brain and body. Full engagement is the key to committing your attention to a task. By setting a goal that is really
Specific about what you want to achieve over the next 10 minutes
and deciding how you will Measure the success - either in terns of quantity done or quality of work or a combination of these
ensuring that it is Achievable in this time frame
selecting the goal that is Right for you and is Real and Relevant
Time Limited to a short "bite" of time
that will be Energising for your brain and body
and will deiver a tangible, real and desirable Reward
you can engage your whole brain and body, getting full attention, and applying the necessary resources into the top priority areas to guarantee your success. Successfully completing one small "bite" builds confidence in your ability to focus. Next time you apply your focus in a SMARTER way you will find that you stay focused for an extra minute or two as the process becomes easier and your brain and body become accustomed to working in a focused way.
Global Focus and Laser Sharp Focus
In this course we deal with two types of focus, what I call global focus and mission critical focus. Using the SMARTER approach to setting goals is possible to align your short term medium and Longer term goals with your global focus. This alignment will help you to stay focused and provide much of the motivation, direction and energy to keep you and your business on track in spite of distractions.