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“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was the master of clean thinking and focus. It’s rumored that the iPhone prototype took many months longer to create because he was adamant about it having only a single button. Simplicity. Clarity. Focus.
I am fascinated with people who create super success in life. I read their autobiographies, have some as friends, and have worked with others as clients. And yes, uber successful people hire coaches too. They understand the value of having a second set of eyes and ears on things and tackling challenges fast.
All of these people have pulled me up and pulled me forward, just by being around them. And they’ve all share two common traits:
- A clean, uncluttered working environment
- Laser like focus.
We tend to think of focus as concentrating hard on something, but what I’ve discovered is that it’s much more about what you say ‘no’ to. When we try to do too many things at once, our efforts get diluted and nothing get’s done.
So in the interest of simplicity, clarity and focus….
- What would you like to change fast in your life?
- In what area would you like rapid results?
- And what would be one good milestone in the next 30 days?
Commit to just answering those questions and taking the next steps.
1. Decide on what change you’d like to see in the next 30 days.
2. Pick one outcome, one small milestone goal and start taking the steps to get it done.
In the next 24 hours……
3. Clean up your desk – everything off but essentials
4. Clean up your computer desktop.
In the next 48 hours….
5. Clean up your bills – pay anything for the rest of the month that’s still unpaid.
6. Clean out your inbox – down to 20 emails max. (yup! I know… That’s a biggie!)
7. Plan out 2 consistent actions for the rest of the week to create that one outcome / result.
The ability to focus fast is a key success skill. It also frees up time for more enjoyable things than wading through mountains of mindless emails. Test it out and see what results you can create.
p.s. Want to read more about Steve Jobs obsession with simple? An excellent resource is “Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success” by Ken Segull