Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, has written two outstanding articles for Harvard Business Review | HBR.org which focus on, well. . . focus. New professionals and CEOs will benefit alike. After implementing these habits, you will gain laser-like focus in as little as 10 minutes per day.
In Two Lists You Should Look At Every Morning, Bregman recommends creating two lists: 1) Your Focus List; and 2) Your Ignore List and reviewing them every morning. These are not to do lists, but rather major areas of focus for your life and serve as a guide when deciding how you spend your time each day– “because time is your one limited resource and no matter how hard you try you can’t work 25/8” as Bregman notes.
In The Best Way to Use the Last Five Minutes of Your Day, Bregman recommends reserving the last 5 minutes of your day to examine everything that happened and reflect on the following questions:
- How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?
- What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do — differently or the same — tomorrow?
- Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback?
Register on Bregman’s website to download two free templates that you can use to implement these two practices.