(I would recommend reading my Focus blog before reading this)
What is going to help you stay focused? How can you track your “amount” of focus? Not that this is anything new, but I’ve been hearing over and over the suggestion of journaling. It keeps popping up, so it’s got to be worth something, right? It really depends on a person’s way of keeping track of things. I’m really bad at organization if I don’t write things down or put them in my calendar I will forget.
I listened to an audio book not too long ago that recommended a time journal. It’s about recording the time it takes you to do anything during the day. How long did you spend on the computer? What did you accomplish during this time? I imagine it’ll help you realize your time spent in regards to activities towards your goal and the activities that distract you from your goal. We all need our distractions, but consider the amount of time you spend on them versus you goal; how long will it take you to reach your goal with this much distraction?
I have yet to start recording my times, but I have purchased a journal. It’s called my Turquoise “Black Book”. I have started writing notes about work and meetings in it, but I need to start writing down times. I’m curious to discover how much time I spend working versus distractions. My curiosity is great, because I find myself working from home a lot. I go to the office a couple times a week, but most of my time is spent on the computer at home.
To be honest, I was going to write a blog titled, “America the Lazy.” I have come to realize that we have grown up in a society of entitlement. I searched “Society of Entitlement” on Google while I was trying to figure out how to structure my sentence and wording, and I laughed a little with the results. This, obviously, is no new theory or statement. We feel entitled to a good paying job that we are worth much more then the job has to offer. I admit, when I was on my third year of college and I started to look for marketing jobs, I felt that I was worth $60,000 with my degree and I would accept no job that offered less than this. The reality is you must earn your salary. What have you done, what experiences do you have that gives you the right to this amount of money?
I by no means meant to write this blog to lecture people (maybe just a little bit), but I want everyone to read the statements and questions above and just think about it. Think about what you can do today, that’ll show that you earned it, whatever it may be.
When I was in high school I thought about the people that made six figures. I always wondered why they deserved so much money. What do CEO’s do that give them the right to this amount of money? As my boss says people pay for leadership, responsibility and talent. When you look at a person with no experience only their body and mind as it is currently, they are worth maybe $16 – $17 dollars an hour from the neck down. Most people out there, from the neck down are worth this much. So what makes Bill Gates or any other million/billionaire different? Have you heard of the 10,000 hour rule? Bill Gates spent over 10,000 hours programming before he got to where he is now. He maybe took two days off within this time (and you think you are working hard…). His knowledge and talent of programming has given him the right to the amount of money he makes.
There is no reason you can’t be as successful as Bill Gates or other people. You control your future, and as long as you believe in yourself and work as hard as you can, you can do it (and I mean it, no one can tell you otherwise… they can, but do not let this take you down). I was inspired when I heard this while listening to my cd in the car about success. Say you want to become a famous actor/actress. You tell your friends and family about this goal and their reaction is less than motivating. Now, say you told a famous actor/actress that you wanted to be famous like them, how do you think they would respond? (If they are a nice, open person) I’d imagine they would respond with all the things they had to do to get to where they are. I think a better example is the young boy going up to a Pro Baseball player and telling him “I want to be just like you when I grow up!” and the player will tell the boy to work hard, play every day so you can become great at baseball, and then once you’ve practiced enough you can be just like me. They will motivate you, because they have accomplished the exact goal you want to achieve. I hate it when goals are smashed, because they seem too “out of the world” in the eyes of the people you tell. (Got off on a random tangent, but I think this is very important to keep in mind)
I started this blog with the journal idea, because I think it could be a way to change habits. If you know how much time you spend being distracted, why wouldn’t you actively change so you are spending more time achieving your goal.
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