Let’s Experiment with Laser Focus

In the interest of extreme productivity, I’ve decided to perform an experiment for the next week (starting today and ending a week from today).  I’ve come to the conclusion that there is far too much noise in my life – I don’t mean this literally of course, but there are far too many distractions.

There are so many things going on, too many blogs to read, too many e-mails to respond to, etc.  I’m not overwhelmed emotionally, because none of it directly impacts my immediate well-being.  I still go to my 9 to 5 job every day, do a good job, and get my paycheck every two weeks, so it’s not like I’m in any sort of immediate danger.

Every day that goes by where I’m unproductive outside of work, however, probably has a larger impact on my future.  I’m a believer that hard work today will pay off in multiples at some point in the future, so each day’s lack of productivity is probably more detrimental than it seems.

Keep reading for the details of the experiment…

The Experiment of Laser Focus

It’s really simple – I’m going to shut out all distractions in my life that don’t pertain to one single goal/project.  In this case, I want to spend the entire week with my efforts (outside of my day job) focused on the new authority site I’m building (that I’ve mentioned before), related to my 9 to 5 job as an executive recruiter.

My Distractions, In List Form

Here’s a list of things that distract me from my primary goal/project, so you can see what I am hoping to remove for at least a week:

  • Blogging
  • Reading blog posts
  • Commenting on blog posts
  • Responding to comments on my blog (sorry!)
  • Reading e-mail
  • Responding to e-mail
  • Coming up with new ideas (this is surprisingly distracting)
  • Watching TV
  • Adding content to other sites
  • Adding backlinks to other sites
  • Napping
  • Checking various stats and metrics (AdSense, Google Analytics, Amazon Associates, Clickbank, Feedburner, etc.)
  • Reading Twitter
  • Responding to @ tweets
  • Browsing Facebook
  • Browsing LinkedIn
  • Reading forums (primarily InfoBarrel and Warrior Forum)
  • And more…

Would anyone care to try this along with me?  I’ll report my results after next weekend, and I’ll expect you to do the same if you do follow along!

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22 Responses to “Let’s Experiment with Laser Focus”

  1. Hey Eric,

    I wish you the best of luck! I’m also trying to limit how many projects I focus on at once; I’ve found it to get pretty overwhelming if I divide my energy and focus.

    However, I’m not yet ready to cut commenting, reading, and email completely. :)

    I’m sure you’ll achieve amazing results with your experiment. Can’t wait for the update!

    Christina
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Christina!

    I don’t think I’ll ever cut all of those things out completely, but I want to try it for a least one week. :)

    By the way, great guest post on SPI – I haven’t had the chance to comment yet, but wanted to let you know that I enjoyed it!

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  2. I’d totally be on this if I were back home but traveling at the moment. However, keep us updated Eric because I’d love to hear how things go. Once I’m back, I think I’ll do something like this as well :)
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I’ll be posting an update later this week to talk about how my week went, and my plan going forward for this authority site. Looking forward to you getting back and resuming normal blog activities!

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  3. I’m with you on things distracting me. When most of what I’m working on when I’m not at my job is on the computer, it’s very easy to get off track. Though I don’t want to cut out all those things, I definitely need to have laser focused when working on one thing and don’t check email, FB, Twitter, etc. until I’m done with it.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    It was definitely hard to cut out a lot of things that I consider part of my normal routine, and I’ll admit, I cheated a few times. Overall though, I was probably a lot more productive than I otherwise would have been.

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  4. Excellent plan! It wouldn’t hurt me to try something like this as well. I spend so much time hanging out on Twitter and reading other blogs that I sometimes forgot to focus on my own blog, as well as the niche site I just unleashed last month.

    Although I doubt I can quit all my distractions outright (I do enjoy the fellowship and good ideas I find on other blogs, such as this one), I could probably stand to spend a bit less time reading and more time promoting and writing. Thanks for the reminder.

    -j.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Give a try, Joe, I think you’ll enjoy it and find yourself to be very productive. Thanks for the comment!

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  5. I tried to eliminate fiddling around with my email, Eric, just like Tim Ferris advocated in the 4-hour workweek, but that’s been a real tough one to do….
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    Eric G. Reply:

    I agree, Howie, it’s near-impossible to keep yourself from checking e-mail. I managed to reply to very few e-mail (of course, now I have a lot I need to respond to…) but I still would check it periodically in case there was something important/urgent.

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  6. Once Upon a time, I was heavily bombarded by a customer that I decided to ditch him out and just really let go of this things.

    I shutted down my computer for three days and I feel relieved.

    We need to relax sometimes.I’m with you on this by heart.:)
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Great point, Marco, thanks for the comment! :)

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  7. I can see how working hard today can pay off big in the future. Personally, I’m looking forward to that day. However, those distractions you list do have a good use in what we do online. How else would we keep track of how our sites are doing or stay in touch with our audience? Etc. I guess it all comes down to managing what we do with our time. Hope your distraction free week is productive!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I know, it would be impossible to cut out all of those things permanently, but I think there has to be a way to set certain times where you do those non-critical tasks, and still apply a “laser focus” to one or two projects during the bulk of your available work time.

    Thanks for the comment!

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  8. Hey Eric

    Remember to add in some leasure time as well. You’ll go crazy if you only focus on being productive (I know I do at least :) ).

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    It’s basically about only having the right tasks, not going into too much detail and eliminating interruptions :)

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Nice post, Rasmus. I’m a big fan of productivity posts in general. Most of the time, they’re things you already know about, but there’s nothing quite like a “kick in the ass” to get your productivity back on track.

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  9. Eric,
    Awesome post! Well said. I particularly like this quote: “I’m a believer that hard work today will pay off in multiples at some point in the future, so each day’s lack of productivity is probably more detrimental than it seems.” This is really well said and I’m going to print this quote out to keep me focused. :-) Best of luck!
    All the best,
    Ian

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Ian, I appreciate it! :)

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  10. Focus is really important, and easier to do if you have one site.

    But if you build more than one site, you often have to spend your time on more than one thing during the day.

    But finish your new project, get it some backlinks and keep doing a little on the older ones.

    This is why if you can get to the point of outsourcing even some of the work, it helps you move forward faster.
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  11. Let me share my distractions

    1) Facebook
    2) Fashion News
    3) Food

    Oh, I just love updating in Facebook. I also love reading fashion news and stuff about food.

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  12. Hard work is going to pay off. Now that I have a few sites, it is even more important to focus.

    I write out for the day what I need to do and also keep a log of what I have done for each site and that lets me know where I left off.

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  13. All my life is a distraction. I blog, I tweet, I play online poker. I hang out at Godaddy looking for cool names and check out flippa for opps and fiverr for gigs. How I make any money is a mystery and here I am blogging again on an interesting site LOL

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