A colorful banner heading up the Wall Street Journal today blasts: Too Many Distractions, Or Is It Adult ADHD?
Since I typed that sentence I took the earphones out of my ears because I thought I heard my cell phone ringing; but realized, although it wasn’t a call coming in, I did, indeed, have an important email on my blackberry to read and digest. Even for those of us who do not suffer with ADHD, distractions bombard us with 4G speed.
Is it even possible to stay focused? The answer is, it doesn’t matter if it’s possible or not. If you are in a small or medium-sized business: you must.
New ideas come to you and at you all the time. It’s easy to become enamored with a new sales channel, a new opportunity, a new social media thingy. It’s hard to pick three must-achieve goals and hammer away at them relentlessly, ignoring the distractions.
Even if you are disciplined and focused personally, how focused is your organization?
The WSJ Personal Journal provides a questionnaire tool to help the reader evaluate himself. Here’s a quick questionnaire to test your organizational focus:
- Did your organization achieve your top three goals last quarter?
- Do you know your top 3 to 5 goals for this quarter?
- Does every person in your organization know the top 3 to 5 goals for the quarter and how they contribute?
What have you done to make sure every person in your organization is relentlessly focused on the right top three priorities?