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How To Be More Focused and Productive in 2014

January 2, 2014

By Carol Amato

If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled a time or two with staying focused and being productive. Below I’ll share a few tips about how to be more focused and productive in 2014.

How To Be More Focused and Productive in 2014

What Should I Focus On?

High Leverage Activities – activities that will help your business move forward!

So many times we get caught up in busy work and end up spending most of our day browsing the forums or checking email and social media sites several dozen times per day. You need a plan in order to be more focused and productive in 2014.

Some examples of high leverage activities are content creation, video creation, content syndication, emailing your list, etc.

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  • Plan and Map Out Your Tasks: One of the ways I focus and work out my plan is by printing calendars, and I use a site called PDFCalendar.com to get a simply formatted calendar. I usually print five or six of these per month and have different areas I focus on: Daily Tasks, Content & Emails, Education, Coaching, etc.

    When I started scheduling content creation, sending emails to my list, forum marketing, social media, responding to emails, etc. a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. My mind was freed up when I started mapping out my weeks and month. I highly recommend you try it.

  • Accountability Using A Timer: I got Action Enforcer in 2013 which is a software program by Dennis Becker that has completely skyrocketed my productivity. See video (6:17) for demo. I am constantly aware of the time I have allotted for a specific task and no longer get lost in my day – Get More Done Daily!

    Accountability is the key, and the reports of what I spend my time on don’t lie! I invested one time, and I will reap the benefits of being more productive for years to come. Best software purchase of 2013!

    How To Be More Focused and Productive in 2014

You don’t have to struggle with focus and productivity, not if you choose to put these tips into practice. I’d love to know what tips  you have if you’d like to share below. Let’s make 2014 our most laser-focused, productive and successful year yet!

Take Care,
Carol





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  • http://mominternet.com Ann Moore

    Carol,

    I watched the video ;) thanks so much, great tips! I am looking forward at applying myself in this right away and certaingly becoming more focused with my goals.

    Blessings and a great day to you.

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Ann!!

      So happy you watched it, but I wondered if you were able to print from the cafe… Yes, let’s make 2014 the best year ever!

      Thanks for your dedication! Love and Prayers,

      - Carol

      • http://mominternet.com Ann Moore

        Yes, I can print them at the internet cafe but I decided to print them at home. I have access to internet here, slow but for the things like small downloads, no problem.

        I really appreciate this because a few weeks back I was looking for calanders to print and I did not find what I was looking for. This is such perfect timing :)

        • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

          Oh, great, Ann – was wondering. Way to go on FAST massive action already on your blog!

          Yes, great timing – God is good. :)

          Talk soon,

          - Carol

  • Dan

    These are good sound principles. I haven’t thought of using a timer though. I think I’ll start it now though.

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Great, Dan!

      I can vouch for the value of a timer – would be lost without it.

      Have a good evening.

      - Carol

  • Adrian Gonzales

    The video was great Carol very informative. I will apply this to be more focus this year. =)

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Awesome, sounds like a plan! So glad to help. :)

      Take Care,
      Carol

  • http://www.vipsetuppro.com/ Sam Alnawar

    Hi Carol,

    Thank you for the great video..

    I use a reminding service called “My Memorizer” http://www.mymemorizer.com/ .. it’s great!

    Happy New Year

    Sam

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Sam!

      You’re welcome – glad you enjoyed it.

      Thanks for sharing your tip! Will check it out.

      Happy New Year! :-)

      - Carol

  • Donald Thomas

    Hey there Carol,

    Awesome tutorial, thanks. Am going to head over to PDF when I’m done commenting.

    Thanks for the ideas on how you use them.

    I like to use mind mapping for ideas and to-dos. The calendar will be a great way to schedule them.

    Thanks Carol,

    Donald

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Donald!

      So glad you liked the post/video. Yeah, I use a lot of online tools, but find that having an old fashioned paper calendar helps me get better results, along with the ticking in my ear of Action Enforcer…

      Everyone has different preferences, the key is to do what works for you.

      Wishing you a wonderful and productive day. :)

      - Carol

  • Geri Richmond

    Hi Carol,

    Watched the video and now am going to print the calendars. I’ve been pretty good about the timer. It keeps me focused.

    Thanks for the tutorial. :)

    Geri

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Geri,

      So glad you are – that’s awesome! You’re welcome.

      Make it a productive day. :)

      - Carol

  • http://www.plrcreate.com Tony Matos

    Hi Carol,

    I really enjoy your video I feel that some people don’t take the time to focus. I do agree that planning your day is a must especially when you starting your business.

    Also have a happy new year.

    So Carol thanks again and have a nice day.

    Tony

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Tony!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it – happy to help. Yep, when you don’t plan, things just end up helter skelter all over the map. Been there, done that!

      You’re welcome, and thanks for stopping by. :)

      - Carol

  • http://www.marketingwithcandace.com Candace Chira

    Hi Carol,

    I loved your video. 2014 is my year to be extremely focused. I am working so so hard on, like you said, not getting lost in my day. OMG – I’ve spent so many days getting lost in my day.

    I’m going to print out my calendar just like you do. I also enjoy a physical calendar that I can touch as well.

    Have a great day Carol!

    Candace Chira

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Candace!

      I am so happy you enjoyed the video and found it to be helpful!

      I can definitely relate to needing printed calendars – just helps so much. :-)

      Have a blessed day.

      – Carol

  • asgonzales

    Being focused and productive in life is a good start this new year. I read this post and I learn a lot of things. Thanks @Carol_Amato_

    • http://www.carolamato.com/ Carol Amato

      you’re off to a good start this year!

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