How to succeed if you’re sidetracked
Scenario: You are working on a project but find that you need a drink of water so you go out to the kitchen to get a drink. While you are in the kitchen you see that somebody left the ham out of the fridge and it looks pretty good so you start making yourself a sandwich.
You sit down at the table to eat your sandwich and you think of another project that needs doing. After your sandwich is finished you go start the second project. Halfway through that project the phone rings and your daughter needs her homework at school because she forgot to take it and it’s due in 20 minutes.
So you grab her homework and rush off to the school to give your daughter her homework. While you’re out and about you decide you need a few things at the store so you go do a little shopping.
While you’re there, you run into a friend who goes to church with you and tells you that there’s a bake sale coming up and asks you if you can bake a couple dozen cookies for the sale.
So you go back to the store to buy ingredients for the cookies and then head home.
While it’s fresh in your mind, you start baking the cookies. Then you remember about the first project you started on that day and with the first batch of cookies in the oven, you head back to continue on that project. You get immersed in your project and a little while later you smell something burning. You forgot the cookies. You take the cookies out of the oven and they are burnt to a crisp. [mlsp-cta campaign=”sixfigurebizbuilder” layout=”standard” align=”left”]
You decide that you should wait a bit before baking any more cookies and head back to your first project. On the way there, you see the other project you started and decide to work on that for a while.
This scenario plays out with you dashing between projects, getting sidetracked and by the end of the day, you’ve finished nothing.
This is the day of a sidetracked person.
It’s something I’ve struggled with all my life. But several years ago I found some people like me who made a way to get control of your life, Pam Young and her sister Peggy Jones. They called themselves “Sidetracked Home Executives” and they developed a way for people to get control of their lives showed them how to succeed if you’re sidetracked.
Their plan was aimed primarily at mothers who were stressed, disorganized and frustrated.
As you become a home business owner, you can fall prey to many of the pitfalls the sidetracked sisters describe.
Their plan is really quite simple and I found it extremely helpful to get control of my life.
Home business owners can use something like their system to get control of their businesses and learn to focus like a professional
They gave a pattern that began with de-junking. It’s easier to focus on what you need to if you don’t have so much stuff.
In business, you should de-junk as well. Stop cluttering your business with so many different things. Focus on one thing. Quit side businesses that are unrelated. Quit buying the “next best thing” or opportunity. If what you’re doing doesn’t fire you up, get something that does.
The next step after de-junking was to begin organizing what was left.
They had a list of items that needed to be done and broke them down into jobs that need to be done daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Those were further broken down by the time it takes to do them.
A list of 10 minute jobs was created.
The thing about sidetracked people is that their minds go 90 miles an hour and it’s easy to get off on another tangent. So breaking it down into 10 minute pieces is brilliant. Thinking of a job only taking 10 minutes to do makes it psychologically easier as well.
I’m not going to go into the whole plan here but the idea works.
If you’re a sidetracked person, try de-junking and then break down your success tasks into bite sizes. I think you’ll find it will work for you too. You can figure out how to succeed if you’re sidetracked.
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