Increasing Effectiveness

My long time mentor, Jim Rohn, taught a very simple process for increasing effectiveness:  He recommended creating and carrying “Focus Cards” with you.

The process is simple enough.

Start by buying a package of 3×5 cards…regular old index cards.

On Sunday night, sit down and make a list of the most important things that you need to accomplish over the coming week.  Write those things down on the 3×5 card.

Next, turn the card over and list the three most important tasks for you to accomplish over the coming week.  Prioritize them (1, 2, 3) as you write them down.

Fold your Focus Card in half and carry it with you during the week.  (Folded, it’s small enough to fit in a pocket or purse.)  Each day during the week, pull the card out and look at it.  Ask yourself whether you’re on task, accomplishing those things you set out to accomplish.  If you are, carry on!  If not, stop what you’re doing, regroup, and get to work on your list!

As you go through the week, cross off those items on your Focus Card that you’ve accomplished.

Keep your Focus Card handy so that you can use it the following Sunday when you create your new Focus Card for the next week.

You’ll be amazed at what you can get done by narrowing your focus in this manner, and (consequently) increasing your effectiveness!

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