How to succeed and focus with an extreme schedule

By Jeff Earlywine


When last week started for me I looked at my calendar and found that I only had “3” possible open time slots available. This week’s calendar is much the same. Do you feel my pain? Have you been there? Are you there now? If so, you know the stress that comes with being so busy.


This is not the first time I have been that busy. Like you, I am sure, we all have seasons in our lives where we are just swamped with work and activities. This time I did something different. I took a good look at “me”, what I was thinking, doing, eating, and dreaming. Then I made changes that has literally paid huge dividends in my life and business.


What I am about to share with you is not rocket science, but it is something we always seem to forget when we say we want to stay focused and work at max productivity.


1. Knowing that my schedule was going to be packed I made sure I got some good sleep – going to bed earlier at a predetermined time. And not fighting it if I woke up in the middle of the night. Studies have shown that setting designated bedtimes will help you be more productive and focused during the day. If I did wake up I would get up and work “a little” or read “a few” pages in a good book. I didn’t turn on the television – I just didn’t want to stimulate my mind that way.


2. I exercised as much as I could, and didn’t beat myself up emotionally if I just couldn’t make it to the gym.


3. Down time – something that is a premium when you have an extremely busy schedule. For me I literally made myself shut down during the evening. I spent as much time with family and friends as possible. I can’t tell you how much this helped me make it through.


4. I also made sure that my diet was full of good food. Leaving the junk food behind helped me stay focused. I ate foods like our momma always told us to eat – fruits, veggies, seafood, chicken, and I drank a lot of water.


Activating the above things in my life during this really busy time have created some very positive habits that I have carried over. They have changed how I book my calendar and plan for very busy seasons.


This is not the first time I have written about being busy and staying focused. In fact, the entire first chapter of my book, The 6 Hurdles Total Mastery Guide, explains in a much deeper way how to get focused and see success from doing so. If you have downloaded the book I challenge you to go back and re-read that first chapter, and if you have not then click HERE for a free copy to be sent to you.



Jeff Earlywine is a business consultant, corporate trainer and international speaker. He has worked with 300 different organizations over 30 years. His driving, disciplined approach to raising standards of excellence has earned him the nickname “The Bar Raiser!”

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