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:
- 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
- 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!