How Do You Do What No One Else Can Do For You?

by Diane Sweeney on November 10, 2016

Get Focused to do so many thingsLast time I wrote about doing the right, first thing each day.

Did you have a chance to try it? How is it working for you?

Hopefully, by doing the right, first thing. you are finding yourself able to get “the” important thing done each day.  And then a lot more of the other stuff.

After all, you aren’t wasting time worrying about when you will get the first thing done anymore!

What’s Next

So, what’s next on this journey to Get Focused on Living?

Once you fall into a habit of doing the right, first thing on most days, you will likely find yourself with a bit more time.

Take a peek at your task list again. Determine which other items on the list are things you absolutely need to get done each day or week.

Make sure, however, you include those things you need to do on a regular basis that no one else can do for you.

The types of things you don’t really think about having on your to-do list.

The types of things that somehow, though, manage to eat away a LOT of your time!

Things like:

  • Personal hygiene.
  • Eating.
  • Some form of exercise.
  • Prayer and personal reflection time.
  • Spending time with those you care about.
  • Caring for those who need your daily attention – kids, parents, pets.
  • Travel to and from your workplace.
  • Networking for business purposes.

Some people put these on a to do list, others on a task list.

The reality is, these ‘things’ are not list items. They are activities that need to be done, by YOU, so they should be on the calendar before anything else even gets there. Yep – even brushing your teeth!

Your True Power

Whether you use a paper calendar or electronic one,  mark your calendar with the activities in the time frame when you will be doing what must be done, which only YOU can do.

For some, that will be an hour each morning to take care of one’s personal needs. For others, that might only be 15 minutes.

Same with meal times, networking and spending time alone or caring for others.

Whatever it is for you, these are things that have to take up parts of your day. Honor the value of these activities and block out time in each day to get them done.

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”

— Lao Tzu

The reality check in this exercise is you discover how much (or little) time you spend on the things you must do. And some people are quite surprised at those findings.

The prize is truly understanding how much time these activities require each day and how much time you really do have for the rest of what you want to do in your life.

Understanding provides you with the power of knowing how to best manage your life and live life to its fullest.

Live your life with focus to Get Focused on Living!

Next up, we’ll look around and see what others can do to help you get focused!

Please share below to tell us what you learned about how you fill your days! Inspire someone else with your testimony!



Are You Doing This “First Thing” Every Day?

by Diane Sweeney on October 26, 2016


This summer, I was walking first thing every morning. Then sunrise started happening later, so I decided to use that ‘dark’ time for writing.

What I found was that if I do not walk early in the morning, I will find more excuses not to walk later in the day.

Most days, I’ll find time to write something – there is always writing to be done and deadlines to be met. Writing is my comfort space, so even if it isn’t what I’d rather be writing – the day will allow me to write.

Walking, however, is different. Without a reason, my feet protest later in the day. Probably because they are pretty darn comfortable under my desk. [click to continue…]


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