Focus – 2nd Magic ingredient (Part 7 of our Dream Team series ◊ 2 minutes read)


Choose to be focused. And stay focused.

Our life nowadays is full of distractions: internet, TV, commercials and blurry billboards everywhere. However, it is our choice to follow the flow or to say STOP and focus on the truly important thing. How to do it?

Be clear on what you want.

– Set a goal and visualise it every day in order to stay away from distractions

– Don’t let minor and unimportant things distract you

– Set clear time blocks for work, family time, rest etc.

– Balance between your professional and personal life will let you stay focused for longer

– Train your mind like a muscle (try “Thinkertoys” by Michael Michalko)


Focus on your own goal and the one of your team.

Think about your firm rather than your competitors. Focus your energy on your firm. Be creative. Look around and focus on solutions you couldn’t see before. Your competitors will always be around, they won’t disappear. It’s good to know what are they doing but don’t be focused on them as you might miss something important going non at your own backyard. As a leader, remember that example comes from the top. Demonstrate to your team how to prioritise tasks to maximise your potential and stay focused. Remember that the time at work is the time you work.

See the difference between being busy and being productive.

Study Pareto’s Law – the famous 80/20 rule. When 20% of your tasks generate 80% of your profit – that’s productivity. When 80% of your tasks generate 20% of your profit – that’s being busy. Check your “To do” list every morning and make a decision to stay focused on the most productive tasks and delegate everything that won’t get you to your goal. In the end if your goal is important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.

1 action you can take today

Study your “To do” list. Separate the “productive” tasks from the “busy” ones. Make a plan, how can you have more of your “productive” tasks done and who can you delegate your “busy” tasks to. Can any of your “busy” tasks become “productive” one day? What would you need to make it happen? If you’re not sure where to start, call me and I’ll be more than happy to help. Thanks for reading.