Focus: How to Improve at More Than One Thing

Was I fast? No. But I did it.
Was I fast? No. But I did it.

You may have noticed I’ve been absent for a little while. I set a goal to post every week until the new year.

Clearly I’ve missed the mark.

When things go haywire our worldview can shrink. A boss once told me “leadership is pushing many things forward a little at a time.” I currently feel like there is a mountain of good things in front of me, but I can only scoop a handful at a time.

And I can’t do a quality job at everything, so the blog has sat on the back burner.

In that time I’ve run my first half marathon, gotten most of the way through a course on steel metallurgy, and had a first hand look at functioning reliability systems in other departments in our company.  If I had spread myself too thin, I may have done none of these things well, or at all.  I had to focus on completing the goals I set, and there was no room for other creativity.

This post is to encourage others with a similar influx of data, ideas, priorities, to focus on only the one in front of you.  Focus.  Then you will go after it and succeed, without getting distracted by all the other important things calling your name.

That’s what happened to me this fall.  I miss this blog – finding a way to crystallize and communicate the ideas and learning I’m doing is a highlight. Part of my process.

If you are like me and have had an explosion of things happening this autumn, can you share what you’ve gained by it? How do you make the lemonade?