Focus on This

By Michael Hyatt & Co.

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Talar
 May 16, 2020
I love this podcast -it helps me get energized about work and learn what my workstyle is and what that of my coworkers' is!

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Start loving Mondays! Courtney and Blake give you practical tips and proven strategies for increasing your focus so you can be more productive than ever before. Based on the proven Full Focus method used in the Full Focus Planner™ they'll help you banish distractions and get the right stuff done so you can start loving Mondays again. They also speak with guests and listeners who share their own productivity tips to help you make the most of every day. It's the most productive podcast on the internet!

Episode Date
#54: How to Reevaluate Your Goals and Make Them Exciting Again
28:13

You start the year energized by your list of SMARTER goals. But you get a few months in, and your goals aren’t working the way you want them to be. Life looks different now than you planned. When you read your goals each day, you’re feeling less motivated and more uncertain. 

We’ve been there. We’ve watched life change in ways we never could have expected. But we’ve learned how to keep our goals relevant by walking through the 5 R’s. When you master this simple process, your goals will give you energy and confidence, even when life throws you curveballs. You'll finally get unstuck and start making progress in life and at work.

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How to avoid the anxiety associated with the effect of changing circumstances on your goals.
  • Why you need to revisit your annual goals every quarter.
  • Tips on how to build goal checkpoints into your calendar.
  • What to do when you feel like a failure for not accomplishing a goal.
  • Strategies for achieving success—even in the midst of pandemics and chaos.
Sep 14, 2020
#53: How to Have a Full Focus Workspace
29:48

You arrive at work every day laser-focused on your Big 3. Then you walk into the office. Unread reports are stacked on your desk, so you rifle through them. You can’t find a red marker so you run to the supply closet. You open your Planner, then notice it’s sitting on top of that book you have to review. Better start now. You realize it’s lunchtime, and you haven’t started your first real task of the day. How did this happen? 

The real villain here is not you or your workload. It’s the clutter in your workspace. It constantly tugs at your attention, finally wearing down your ability to focus. But we can fix that in just a few simple steps. 

Follow this easy plan, and you’ll have a clean, inviting workspace that points you toward your top tasks every day. You’ll feel relaxed and focused on your work. And you’ll leave each afternoon feeling a greater sense of accomplishment. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • The negative impact of physical distractions on your work.
  • What you must do before you ever tackle decluttering.
  • Why you have to make a bigger mess before you can clean it up.
  • How to overcome your emotional resistance to decluttering your workspace.
  • Practical steps on how to group, sort, and select a home for everything.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by our new Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students planners. Learn how you can equip your kids for this uncertain back to school season at www.fullfocusplanner.com.

Sep 07, 2020
#52: Expert Tips for Maximizing the Full Focus Planner
33:41

The beauty of the Full Focus Planner is that it gathers all of your planning essentials into one package. Like a fine wine or an intriguing novel, the Planner has many aspects that some may not appreciate at first glance. You may even wonder what some of the elements are for.

Here’s help. We’ve assembled the best tips, hacks, and customizations used by our team here at Michael Hyatt & Co. Our staff members are past masters in the Full Focus System, and they can show you how to get full value from your Planner. 

Try these tips, and you’ll go from scratching the surface to plumbing the depths of Planner use. You’ll gain insight, efficiency, and a high level of personalization, making the Full Focus Planner an even more valuable tool in your work and personal life. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How to track daily wins in your Full Focus Planner.
  • Practical tips on using timers and short sprints to get important work done.
  • The value of accountability and how you can use it to increase productivity.
  • Which portion of the planner you should use if you don’t use anything else.
  • How annual goals and weekly objectives flow into your daily tasks.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by our new Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students planners. Learn how you can equip your kids for this uncertain back to school season at www.fullfocusplanner.com.

Aug 31, 2020
#51: 4 Long-term Benefits of the Full Focus System
20:03

You really want to be productive, and the Full Focus System seems like a great solution. Yet you can’t help but wonder, “Do I really have time for this?” It’s a common enough dilemma. 

We’ll solve it in today’s podcast. We’ll show you four solid benefits of this system that go way beyond organizing your workday. These are positive changes you can expect throughout every aspect of your life. 

Commit to this system, and you’ll start enjoying more balance, focus, and margin in every area of your life. Let’s get you out of indecision prison and on track for the Double Win—winning at work and succeeding at life. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How to transition from productive days to a productive life.
  • Tips on increasing trust levels from your peers.
  • The importance of “setting and forgetting” for expanding your capacity.
  • What makes the Full Focus Planner different from other planners.
  • A few simple actions that can trigger a snowball effect of growth and productivity.

Remember to check out the new Kids and Students edition of the Full Focus Planner at www.fullfocusplanner.com.

Aug 24, 2020
#050: How to Defeat Distractions and Stay Focused
28:34

You arrive every day really hoping to get a lot done. But before long, text messages, social media, and office chatter pull you off track. By noon you’re wondering, “What just happened to my day?”  It’s so demoralizing to realize that you’ve wasted your best focus time. 

Here’s help. We’ve fought our own battles with distraction and interruption, and we’ve developed a foolproof strategy for keeping them at bay. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll get your focus back, finish your to-do list, and leave work feeling satisfied nearly every day. 

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the new Full Focus Pocket planner. Learn more at fullfocusplanner.com/pocket.

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • What an “anticipation tactic” is—and how to use them to avoid distraction.
  • How to identify your unique obstacles to productivity.
  • The times of day when we’re most likely to fall prey to distraction.
  • Practical tips for designing around your weaknesses.
  • How to handle family interruptions when working from home (without hurting feelings). 
Aug 17, 2020
#049: How to Implement a Daily Gratitude Habit
25:53

You’re working hard to achieve more every day. But sometimes it’s hard to keep a good attitude about work. Things don’t always work out the way you planned. And sometimes life is just unfair. It’s so frustrating to work hard yet have the feeling that you’re not getting the results you deserve. 

Here’s a simple pathway out of that swamp. We’ll show you how to leverage the amazing power of gratitude to free yourself from negative thoughts. Plus, it’s rocket fuel for your productivity. 

Try it! You’ll be immediately released from that feeling the breaks never go your way. And you’ll gain the energy and optimism to tackle your greatest goal or challenge. As a bonus, you’ll find yourself emerging as a leader at work, or wherever you happen t0 be! 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How your gratitude can affect your entire team—not just you.
  • Suggestions for small changes you can implement to make huge progress.
  • Practical tips on how to shift your mindset and see your circumstances differently.
  • How you can overcome the negative effects of entitlement in your life and work.
  • Questions you can ask yourself to develop a grateful heart.
Aug 10, 2020
#048: The Easiest Way to Start Difficult Tasks
21:19

You want to get that big task knocked off. It’s like a weight hanging over you every day. And every day you say, “I’m going to tackle it first thing!” But it’s intimidating! Where do you start? It’s easy to procrastinate. And when you do dive into a big project first thing in the morning, you’re worn out by noon. It seems like you can’t win. 

In our experience, there’s a right way and a wrong way to tackle a big project. And most of us have been taught the wrong way! We’ve got a foolproof plan for getting started on your biggest task of the day that will ensure you get it done—and the other things you need to take care of. 

Just follow these steps, and you’ll quit procrastinating, start achieving, and have brainpower to spare at the end of the day. 

Aug 03, 2020
#047: 4 Ways to Solve Your Willpower Issues
26:12

Setting goals really turns your crank. But getting them accomplished is harder. Everything takes longer than it should. And it’s hard to keep the willpower going. It feels so lousy to find yourself behind on goal after goal. 

Here’s a little secret. You don’t need more willpower to achieve your goals. You need more support. And we can show you how to get it. We’ll give you four ways any of your friends can support your goal achievement. All you have to do is ask. 

When you do, you’ll get the encouragement, feedback, and accountability you need to stick with it. You’ll be hitting your goals again in no time!

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • The importance of surrounding yourself with encouragers.
  • Tips for fast-tracking your growth through the experience of others.
  • What accountability can do for your desired life.
  • How to recruit partners for joint pursuit of your goals.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by a free video series, 3 Tips to Equip Your Kids for Back to School. Get access by going to focusonthispodcast.com/backtoschool.

Jul 27, 2020
#046: 3 Easy Steps to Triage Your Calendar
28:25

You love being focused and in control. But sometimes important commitments get dropped.  You find yourself double-booked. Or you overlook an important deadline. Or, worst of all, you let down the people closest to you because you’re too busy. At some point, you realize that your calendar is totally out of control. 

We’ve got a solution for that. We finally got tired of being prisoners to our calendar and found a way to break free. In just three steps, you can tame that wild beast and get your life back. 

Try it! You’ll go from overscheduled to perfectly balanced. You’ll quit missing important appointments and have room to breathe again. This will be a great leap forward in your productivity and life balance. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How your calendar got in bad shape in the first place—and what you can do about it.
  • The first decision you have to make before you can overcome your scheduling woes.
  • Tips for translating your productivity desires into actionable steps.
  • Which items should make it through your filter and remain on your calendar.
  • How to say no to requests that aren’t in alignment with your goals.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the new Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students planner, available for preorder now. Learn more at fullfocusplanner.com/preorder.

Jul 20, 2020
Lead to Win Spotlight: Avoid These 3 Communication Fails
34:36

You’ve got a big vision for your business and you’re building a team to get you there. But where two or three people are gathered, there’s bound to be some misunderstanding. No matter how hard you work at it, you wind up having to repeat yourself. That costs time and wastes momentum. Why does communication have to be so hard?

Actually, it doesn’t. Nearly every communication breakdown can be traced back to one of three problems.  Avoid them, and your team will get the message the first time, every time. And you’ll gain even greater clarity about what you want for your business.

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • The Clarity Grid—and how you can use it to assess and revive your communication.
  • Some of the most frequent meeting mishaps and their implications on team morale.
  • A clear path to the most important component of a healthy culture.
  • What you must do if you want predictable results.
  • How to avoid pitfalls related to communication shortcuts.
  • Why the “curse of knowledge” is so damaging.
  • How to save yourself (and your team) from embarrassing situations.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the new Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students planner, available for preorder now. Learn more at fullfocusplanner.com/preorder.

Jul 13, 2020
#044: How to Stop Repeating Old Patterns
28:49

You love to stay focused and achieve great results. But sometimes your work habits get in the way. You realize too late that you’re repeating the same mistakes or missing the same deadlines. It’s so demoralizing to get caught in the same time traps week after week.

We’ve been there, for sure. And we’ve found a way to systematically make changes in the way you work. We’ve got four simple questions to ask at the start of every week. They ensure that you learn from your mistakes, capitalize on your wins, and get a little more productive every day. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • The one thing you need to be able to fix any problem.
  • How to identify what is (and is not) working for you.
  • Ideas for small tweaks that can make a big difference in your planning.
  • Tips on changing your mindset so you’re ready for whatever comes your way.
  • Suggestions for things you should stop doing right now to increase your productivity.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the new Full Focus Pocket and Full Focus Notebooks. Learn more at fullfocusplanner.com/pocket.

Jun 29, 2020
#043: How to Avoid Pointless Meetings
26:04

You pride yourself on being productive at work. But there’s one problem: meetings! They feel boring and pointless, a total waste of time. It’s so frustrating! 

We’ve felt that pain, and we’ve got a perfect solution for you. By asking these few questions before every meeting, you can make every single one super productive. 

No more multitasking while you wait for release from conference-room jail. You’ll have fewer, more productive meetings and feel in control of your time again. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • Suggestions for bringing life and vibrance back to all of your meetings.
  • How to determine which team members need to be in each meeting.
  • Why consensus is not the main objective—and what you should focus on instead.
  • Some of our best tips for making sure your meetings produce actual results.
  • How Courtney ensures she’s prepared for every meeting in advance.
Jun 22, 2020
BONUS: Introducing the Full Focus Pocket
25:11

You love using the Full Focus Planner, but you sometimes wish it were, well, pocket-sized. Now it is!

Announcing the Pocket Planner, a scaled-down version of the Full Focus Planner you know and love. It has all the features you love about the Full Focus System, and it’s sized just right to take with you anywhere. 

In this episode, Joel Miller, the genius behind the Pocket Planner, shares the features that make it perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle. 

For more information on the new Full Focus Pocket and Full Focus Notebooks, visit fullfocusplanner.com/pocket.

Jun 17, 2020
#042: How to Escape the Messy Middle
22:30

You get really excited about goal achievement. But after a few weeks, the buzz wears off. Momentum slows, enthusiasm wanes. It seems like it will never end! Why does every goal turn out to be a marathon? 

Actually, that’s all pretty normal. To get to a preferred future, you always have to get through the “messy middle.” We’ve been there too. And based on our experience, we’ve developed a simple solution for getting through the doldrums of goal achievement and regaining your momentum. 

Try it, and you’ll escape from the messy middle and get back on track to accomplishing your plans. Finally, you can stop feeling stuck and get excited about your goals again! 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How to make progress toward your goals even when things get tough.
  • Why context matters in goal achievement—and what to do when it changes.
  • The importance of revisiting your motivations and reconnecting with your why.
  • How to identify when a goal needs to be dropped, adjusted, or moved to a different quarter.
  • Practical steps to lay out a clear path forward toward a successful year.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the new Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students planner, available for preorder now. Learn more at www.fullfocusplanner.com/preorder.

Jun 15, 2020
#041: How to Deal with Setbacks
24:04

You’ve got big plans, but life has a habit of getting in the way. For every one of your goals, there seem to be a dozen setbacks or problems. Before long, you’re bogged down in delays, frustration, and disappointment. Honestly, it seems like you can’t catch a break! 

The truth is that setbacks and failures are inevitable! They’re not the end of the road but the beginning of a fresh start. In this episode, we’ll show you exactly how to harvest the learning from your latest setback, then toss it like a banana peel and keep moving. 

Get yourself unstuck and back on track to achieve your goals!

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How to shift from a mindset of failure to a mindset of progress.
  • Tips for seeing real, three-dimensional growth in yourself even when things aren’t going exactly as planned.
  • That problems are actually part of the process, not a hindrance to it.
  • Questions to ask yourself when processing a setback or failure.
  • How to make sure you learn from even the most unexpected turns.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the new Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students planner, available for preorder now. Learn more at www.fullfocusplanner.com/preorder

Jun 08, 2020
#040: The Link Between Sleep and Productivity
24:26

You want to be more productive. And you could be except for one problem. You have to sleep! Sooner or later, you have to quit achieving and start sleeping. What a downer!

 

Actually, it’s not. Far from undermining your achievement, sleep is an essential ingredient in productivity! We’ll show you why. Plus, we’ll give you 10 tips for getting more and better sleep so you can bring your best self to work every day. 

 

Try this, and you’ll be amazed at the spike in your productivity. You’ll go from yawning your way through the day to being recharged, re-focused, and more productive than ever. 

 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

 

  • The effect of sleep on your immune system and cognitive abilities—and why you should care.
  • How to shift from thinking of sleep as an enemy to thinking of it as a beloved friend and productivity booster.
  • Tips on improving your sleep hygiene to give yourself the best environment for dozing off.
  • Why you should exercise daily—and when you should do it.
  • What you can do during the day to make sure you’re able to sleep at night.

A lot of the research from this episode came from Why We Sleep by Dr. Matthew Walker: https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Sleep-Unlocking-Dreams/dp/1501144316/ 

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by Compass, a monthly program to help Full Focus Planner users stay on track with their goals. Learn more at fullfocusplanner.com/compass.

Jun 01, 2020
#39: 4 Steps to Protect Your Ideal Week
28:07

You love Mondays, you really do. But they never quite live up to the dream. You plan your week, pick your Big 3, and proof your calendar. But something always pulls you off the rails. Before you know it, deep work is out the window, and you’re running from one meeting to another. Why is it so hard to keep your week on track? 

We’ve been there! And in this episode, we’ll show you a simple trick to ensure that you realize your Ideal Week more often than not. Try this, and you’ll go from frazzled to focused. You’ll finally stop bouncing from crisis to crisis and have time for deep work on your most important projects. It works!

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How to identify the times of day when you are at your peak and plan your work accordingly.
  • Why you need to triage your calendar and task lists when things get crazy.
  • The questions you need to ask yourself so you can identify your Desire Zone activities.
  • Suggestions on how to batch your activities according to stages and themes.
  • The importance of leaving room in your schedule for interruptions—and how to actually plan for them.

Remember to visit www.fullfocusplanner.com/printables for a printable Ideal Week!

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by Compass, a monthly program to help Full Focus Planner users stay on track with their goals. Learn more at fullfocusplanner.com/compass.

May 25, 2020
#038: How to Optimize Your Weekends
26:59

You like to work hard and play harder. Your weekends are not downtime; they’re “uptime” because you’re up for anything! 

It’s all good, but it’s also draining. That makes it hard to get “up for work” on Monday. Why is there always so little time for the things you really love? 

Here’s the thing: the Full Focus System works on weekends, just like it does during the week. Today, we’ll show you how to end your weekends with that same “Ahh” feeling you get from a productive week. You’ll escape from that Sunday night exhaustion. And you’ll be rested up, charged up, and rearing to get back to work on Monday morning! 

 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

 

  • How to utilize the Full Focus system so it works for you on the weekends, too.
  • Practical tips for structuring Saturdays and Sundays realistically.
  • How to have a great weekend whether you are a “pack it all in” type or a “chill” type.
  • The five main areas of rejuvenation—and how to give attention to each of them.
  • Why you should plan your spontaneity (it’s a thing!).

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the new Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Student Planners. Find out more at www.fullfocusplanner.com/preorder.

May 18, 2020
Introducing Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students!
22:05

Work from home? No problem! As a high achiever, you’ll thrive in any environment. But for those who happen to be parents, there’s another layer. Now you’re not just managing your productivity. You’re managing your kids’ education and activities at the same time. Talk about a productivity challenge!

Here’s help. The Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students will bring the same structure and focus to your children’s days as the Full Focus Planner does to yours. Plus, they’ll learn the primary skill they need to succeed in the knowledge economy: focus. 

Get Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students for your family, and you’ll gain back hours of your time and put your kids on the pathway to lifelong achievement! 

For more information and to reserve your copies, visit www.fullfocusplanner.com/preorder.

May 14, 2020
#037: Secrets to a Successful Weekly Preview
26:53

You’re committed to productivity, which is why you love the Full Focus Planner. The Daily Pages are great! But the Weekly Preview? Hmm. Just not sure what to do with that. 

No worries. We’ve got tons of experience with the Full Focus System, and we can give you the inside scoop on how to work it seamlessly into your life. Follow these best practices for the Weekly Preview, and you’ll gain confidence in your planning process. And you’ll enter every week refreshed and energized! 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • Best practices for setting your priorities for each upcoming week.
  • What to do if you have a hard time remembering what happened the week before.
  • Tips for avoiding distraction during your Weekly Preview.
  • How to use activation triggers and rewards to ensure you follow through.
  • The importance of not skipping steps—especially when you’re new to the practice.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the new Full Focus Kids and Full Focus Students planner, available for a limited time only. Learn more at www.fullfocusplanner.com/preorder

May 11, 2020
#036: The Note-Taking Method for Taking Action
32:35

You pride yourself on being a high achiever. But that means tracking a ton of information, and that’s hard to do. You come out of a meeting with only one to-do item, but you forget what it is. You made a note on your tablet, but where is it? Evernote? Google Docs? Word? It’s super frustrating. Why is it so hard to keep track of all those little things?

After thousands of hours in meetings, we’ve devised the perfect way to capture key information for easy retrieval. And it works in other settings too! Follow these three steps, and you’ll never forget an action item again! 

You can leave every meeting and end every day with no worry about forgetting something important. You’ll have perfect confidence that everything that needs to be done has been done. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • How to capture information so you don’t miss important details or let people down.
  • The value of intentional inconvenience, and how you can implement it to increase effectiveness.
  • Suggestions for how to code your notes for followup.
  • What to do with your notes after you finish taking them.
  • How to use the Index in the Full Focus Planner to keep up with scattered notes.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by Compass, a monthly program to help Full Focus Planner users stay on track with their goals, even through today's crisis. Learn more at www.fullfocusplanner.com/compass

May 04, 2020
#035: Do You Know Your Chronotype?
34:33

Nothing gets you pumped up like being super-productive. But why does it seem that you’re never “on” at the right time? I’m never “on” at the right time. You may feel draggy and tired at work and feel really motivated only later in the evening. Or you start the day with a burst of energy, only to have it sapped in a morning of marathon meetings. It’s so frustrating to feel like you’re wasting your best time and energy. 

Here’s help. We’ll show you how to work according to your natural rhythms, which may differ from your 9-to-5 schedule. When you understand your “chronotype,” you’ll instantly dial in on your most productive hours. You’ll match your best energy to high-leverage work, and be more productive than ever. 

In this episode, you’ll discover

  • How to cooperate with your body’s natural rhythms for maximum productivity.
  • Energy management tips based on your unique chronotype.
  • Insight into why you and your colleagues don’t naturally operate with the same energy at the same times.
  • How chronotype tendencies could (and should) affect your ideal week.
  • Ideas for avoiding traps associated with energy slumps.
Apr 27, 2020
#034: 10 Reasons to Keep Track of Your Wins
33:51

As a high achiever, you’re totally focused on getting stuff done. But there’s a problem with that. You may get so caught up in the chase that you only see the problems and missed opportunities. It can be super discouraging when you don’t reach your goal. 

We know the feeling. And we’ve got a simple practice to keep you energized, motivated, and on track to greater productivity. It’s so easy you won’t believe it: List your wins every day. 

That’s it! When you focus on the gain instead of the gap, you’ll instantly shake that coulda-done-better feeling. You’ll start every day with the motivation you need to achieve. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • Tips to help you get out of your productivity funk.
  • What complaining does to your mindset and your energy.
  • Why you should actually speak your wins out loud to yourself and to friends and family.
  • How to identify your gains—and not just focus on the gaps.
  • Suggestions on how to increase your energy and have more fun.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by Compass, a monthly program to help Full Focus Planner users stay on track with their goals, even through today's crisis. Learn more at focusonthispodcast.com/compass.

Apr 20, 2020
#033: The Long-term Benefits of the Full Focus System
28:20

You love to manage your time well, and the Full Focus System is a great help. But it can be a lot to take in all at once. So it’s tempting to focus on the low-hanging productivity fruit and put off implementing the full system. 

To experience long-term transformation in your work and life, you need more than just a few productivity hacks. In this episode, we’ll show you how the Full Focus System impacts your entire life, not just your time at work. 

Put the full system to work for you, and you’ll become effortlessly disciplined and see huge gains in every domain of life. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

 

  • How to build greater trust in all of your relationships.
  • How our daily choices affect stress levels and well-being—and what to do about it.
  • Tips for having greater control without depending on willpower.
  • The secret solution that produces the outcomes you want.
  • Why hustle is not the only way to find success—and what you should focus on instead.

 

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the Original, Classic, Executive, and Bold Full Focus Planners. Learn more at www.focusonthispodcast.com/planner.

Apr 13, 2020
#032: 5 Ways to Shift Goals in Crisis
28:02

This was going to be your year of big achievements. But the coronavirus has thrown a monkey wrench into your plans. Suddenly, you wonder if you can achieve any of your goals. It’s frustrating, and it feels like a tremendous loss.

Well hang on there, little tomato. We’ve been through some unexpected times before, and we know exactly what to do when your goals get upended. In this episode, we’ll give you five options for reshaping your goals. 

When we’re done, you’ll have real, practical possibilities making progress. Rather than being stuck in a holding pattern, you can keep working on goal achievement right now. 

In this episode, you’ll discover—

  • What to do if you feel like your goals are no longer relevant or achievable
  • How to shift your thinking and focus on hope
  • Suggestions for reframing your targets to fit your new reality
  • Tips for alleviating stress and building confidence
  • Ideas for replacing goals within the 10 major life domains

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the Original, Classic, Executive, and Bold Full Focus Planners. Learn more at www.focusonthispodcast.com/planner

Apr 06, 2020
#031: 3 Must-Have Communication Tips for Remote Teams
27:26

A lot of people are working on remote teams for the first time. It can be frustrating to find new communication rhythms. Remote communication is hard because it lacks context. If you follow the three guidelines we present in this episode, you’ll have seamless communication with your work-from-home team. You’ll quickly adapt to the new normal, be less frustrated, and develop stronger relationships.

In this episode, you will discover—

  • The importance of increasing communication in times of transition
  • How communicating should be different when done virtually versus in-person
  • Suggestions for establishing a new team rhythm that works for your unique circumstances
  • Why it’s so important to assume positive intent from your co-workers’ messaging (emojis are helpful)
  • Tips on clarifying availability, expectations, and other rules of etiquette

For more ideas on how to work with your teams remotely, visit www.focusonthispodcast.com/remote.

Mar 30, 2020
#030: 5 Tips for Staying Focused While Working from Home
30:41

The novel coronavirus has created a new normal in which many people are working from home for the first time. Sounds great! But how do you keep your focus and keep connected in this new environment with all it’s distractions. It can seem overwhelming. 

Not to worry. We’ve been working remotely for years, and we’ve got the advice you need to make a smooth transition from the office to the home office. Follow this advice, and you’ll see no letdown in productivity. You may find that you’re even more productive than ever!

In this episode, you will discover—

  • Why daily rituals are still valid in the midst of a crisis—perhaps even more so
  • Which components of your rituals can stay the same and which ones need to change
  • Ideas for how to replace workouts and family activities when your schedule is thrown off
  • The one practice you need to maintain to help avoid distractions
  • Suggestions for finding a “focus spot” in your home

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the Remote Work Handbook. If you’re struggling with remote work in today’s crisis, download this free guide at focusonthispodcast.com/remote.

Mar 23, 2020
#029: Too Tired to Crush Goals? Here's How to Fix That.
31:28

You dive into the day with a burst of energy—and you get stuff done! Until lunch, that is. Afternoons are a different story. You’re tired. You can’t focus. Your productivity goes into the tank, so you wind up working in the evening and on the weekend. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. In this episode, we’ll show you how to manage your energy, just like your time. When you do, you’ll quit feeling spent every weekend and regain the energy you need to be more productive. Better yet, you’ll finally have the vitality to invest in your other interests and most important relationships. 

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to overcome the cultural assumption that you’ll be constantly running tired if you’re going to succeed.
  • Practical tips on managing your energy and not just spending it. 
  • What happens to your mind and body when you don’t get sufficient rest.
  • The effect of nutritional choices on your daily workflow—and what to do about it.
  • How to conserve energy and avoid decision fatigue by eliminating, automating, or delegating choices. 

 

Mar 16, 2020
#028: How to Start and Stop Your Workday
38:14

You love your work, and you can’t wait to get started! But somehow, the day never goes as planned. You get derailed by low-leverage tasks, and half the time you don’t start your big project until after lunch. By the end of the day, you realize you’ll have to finish up at home. By Friday, you’re totally exhausted—and still not done! 

Nobody knows rollover like we know rollover. After more Saturdays at the office than we care to remember, we’ve found a way to end the rollover problem once and for all. You can do that by bookending your day with workday startup and shutdown rituals. 

When you do, you’ll finally quit leaving the office with a laptop full of take-home work. You’ll get your margin back and be more productive than ever before.

In this episode you will—

  • Find out why you never seem to “get finished” for the day. 
  • Learn the best way to stop rolling tasks over to the next day. 
  • Understand how the never-ending to-do list is undermining your productivity.
  • Identify the simple fallacy that causes us to take on too much work. 
  • Gain the simple trick that will help you start and stop work in a controlled way. 
  • Start to feel a sense of completion at the end of the day.

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by Compass, a monthly program to help Full Focus Planner users stay on track with their goals. Learn more at leadto.win/compass.

Mar 09, 2020
#027: Two Rituals to Start and End Your Days
34:53

As a high achiever, you have the ability to laser focus and put out huge productivity. But it can seem like your life has no boundaries. Work bleeds into personal time. Your personal habits get erratic. Good habits slip away and unproductive ones take their place. 

It’s time to ditch that feeling that you’re always a step behind, and start beginning and ending each day relaxed, in control, and knowing that you’re taking care of the things that matter most. In this episode, Courtney and Blake show you two simple hacks that will get your personal habits under control and set you up for a win every single day. 

You’ll discover:

  • How to structure the beginning and end of your day so you consistently accomplish your daily targets.
  • The relationship between our feelings and rituals—and what we can do about it.
  • Two questions to ask yourself if your rituals aren’t currently working for you.
  • Practical steps to avoid getting sucked into your phone or Netflix.
  • How to identify the activities that will leave you rested and rejuvenated.

This episode of Lead to Win is brought to you by Compass, a monthly program to help Full Focus Planner users stay on track with their goals. Learn more at leadto.win/compass.

Mar 02, 2020
#026: How to Leverage Rolling Quarters
32:19

Keeping your goals and projects moving is not about time management—it’s all about visibility. We’ve got a foolproof hack for keeping your big rocks visible before they tumble down on you. It’s called rolling quarters. 

In this episode, Courtney and Blake give you tips that will help you start working ahead of schedule, and avoid always playing catch up. Rolling quarters will get you out of crisis mode for good and put the margin back into your life. 

In this episode you’ll discover—

  • Ideas for navigating a mid-range view of your planning so you can see what’s coming on the horizon.
  • How to avoid being surprised by deadlines ever again.
  • The power of visibility for accomplishing goals.
  • Practical ways to filter out low-leverage commitments.
  • Confidence that your time and energy are always being used to their fullest. 

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by Compass, a monthly program to help Full Focus Planner users stay on track with their goals. Learn more at focusonthispodcast.com/compass.

Feb 24, 2020
#025: How to Set Up an Ideal Week
31:53

You’re a high achiever, which means that you’re getting tapped for greater responsibility. You start each day with a plan, but you quickly get sucked into “reaction mode.” Urgent requests and demands on your time crowd out your own priorities. It’s exhausting. 

Fortunately, we know a great way to take control of your time and direct the flow of work coming at you. It’s called the ideal week. This simple tool will help you take back control of your time. You’ll say goodbye to reactive mode, get focused on your high-leverage projects, and get a lot more done. 

In this episode you will discover—

  • What to do if your week doesn’t go according to plan.
  • How to regain control of your time, regardless of your role in your organization.
  • The motivation and courage to adjust your rituals as needed.
  • Practical ways to recover pockets of time that are wasted due to faulty scheduling.
  • How to recover margin and protect what’s important to you.
Feb 17, 2020
#024: How to Set Up Your Monthly Calendar
27:56

As a high achiever, you’re dialed in on productivity. You know how to get things done. But there’s a problem. No matter how much you produce, you always feel behind. There always seems to be a looming deadline that somehow got missed. That puts you on the hamster wheel nearly every week, hustling to get caught up. It’s exhausting. 

There’s a fix for that. It’s called a Monthly Calendar. Start using this tool to keep track of your Big Rocks, and you’ll escape that feeling of being two steps behind. You’ll have plenty of time for your major commitments and deadlines. Better yet, you’ll have lots more time for the “little rocks” too. 

In this episode you will—

  • Learn why a weekly calendar view will not help you track deadlines. 
  • Find a simple way to keep your big commitments visible at all times. 
  • Discover how to gain complete confidence in accepting or declining appointments.
  • Find the space to fit in other important priorities around big commitments like travel or project deadlines. 
  • Relax, knowing all your major commitments are under control! 

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by Compass, a monthly program to help Full Focus Planner users stay on track with their goals. Learn more at focusonthispodcast.com/compass.

Feb 10, 2020
#023: 4 Questions to Learn from Mistakes
29:03

You’re a high achiever, so you like to attempt big things. The problem is that things don’t always turn out the way you planned. That feels lousy. It makes you want to bury last week and just barrel ahead. 

There’s a better way. We’ve discovered a simple process for redeeming your regrets, big and small. Your mistakes and even failures don’t have to keep you stuck. You can learn from your mistakes and emerge even stronger by asking yourself four simple questions. 

When you do, you’ll no longer feel ashamed of the past or afraid of the future. You’ll gain the insight and confidence you need to make positive changes and achieve better results in the future. 

In this episode you will—

 

  • Find out the two most common ways to deal with failure, and why they’re wrong.
  • Learn how to decouple failure from your sense of identity. 
  • See why examining failure openly is essential for future growth. 
  • Get a bonus question that will supercharge your sense of ownership.

 

  • Discover a simple trick for making it easier (and healthier) to look at your mistakes.
  • Identify the critical question for turning goal failure into achievement gold. 

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the Original, Classic, Executive, and Bold Full Focus Planners. Learn more at focusonthispodcast.com/planner.

Feb 03, 2020
#022 How to Make a Habit Stick
25:41

Your lifestyle goals are important to you. Health and fitness, daily rituals, reading, relationships: these are the things you want to act on every single day.

But life is busy!  None of these goals takes a ton of time, but they’re still hard to squeeze in. Before long, they can easily drift away. It’s  deflating to look back and realize you’ve made no progress on lifestyle goals. 

We can help. 

We’ve got a simple tool that will keep your habit goals visible and keep you motivated to stick with them. Start using a streak tracker, and your progress will come almost automatically. You’ll never again wonder if you have the discipline to change your life. You’ll do it! 

In this episode you will—

  • Find out how to stay on top of habit goals until they are installed. 
  • Discover the simple mindset shift that will make habit goals easier.
  • See how rewards can apply to habit goals, not just achievement goals. 
  • Learn a simple way to keep habit goals from becoming overlooked. 
  • Get tips for making a habit behavior satisfying, even when it’s difficult to do. 
  • Be fired up about starting (or getting back on track) with your habit goals!
Jan 27, 2020
#021: Why You Have Boring Goals
27:15

You set a lot of goals, but when you look at your goal list, you want to yawn. Your goals are all good things, and you’d be glad to achieve them. But they’re kind of . . . boring. 

Boring goals make for a boring life, and you don’t want that. We’ll show you have to set goals that set your heart on fire, goals you’re dying to accomplish. How? By making them riskier. Test your goals for the 3 Factors of Goal Boredom, and you’ll never set a lackluster goal again. 

You’ll be excited and engaged with your goals all year long, and you’ll achieve things so good that it literally scares you to think about them. 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • What makes a goal boring.
  • The main reason you set boring goals. 
  • Why you shouldn’t set the same goal two years in a row.
  • Why it’s good that you don’t know how you’ll achieve.
  • Questions to help you evaluate whether your goal is risky. 

This episode of Focus on This is brought to you by the Original, Classic, Executive, and Bold Full Focus Planners. Start the new year off right with a planner to keep you focused. Learn more at www.focusonthispodcast.com/planner.

Jan 20, 2020
#020 Should You Share Your Goals?
25:18

So you’ve got this big goal that you’re really excited about. You’re dying to share it with the people around you. But when you do, it kind of backfires. Some people belittle your aspiration. Others seem to think you’re bragging. The whole experience is deflating. It makes you wonder if you should even try this goal. 


Yes, you should! And you can share it with people who will affirm and help you. We’ve discovered three foolproof principles for goal sharing. Follow them, and you’ll get rid of all the angst about sharing or not sharing your goals. You’ll find the people who can support you in reaching for your biggest aspirations, and you’ll achieve them!

Jan 13, 2020
Bonusode: A 2020 Special Announcement
19:50

As a high achiever, you love reaching goals! But added on top of a busy life, goal achievement can seem a bit overwhelming. The Full Focus Planner puts it all into one handy system. Yet you may want a little help getting it up and running.

We’ve got you covered! We’ve got a brand-new program called Compass: Your Full Focus Guide, and it’s exclusively for our Full Focus Planner users.

Compass will give you the community support and motivation you need to fully implement the Full Focus System™ so you can hit every goal, every time. 

You’ll learn the one best way to set goals. And you’ll get coaching on goal achievement and the support of a community of high achievers just like you. 

Inside this episode, you’ll hear more about these amazing features: 

  • Live Weekly Preview Session, so you can add the power of accountability to get your Weekly Preview done every week.
  • Live Monthly Masterclass Sessions where you can learn new skills and get your questions answered from Full Focus Coaches. 
  • Live Quarterly Preview Party, which is a live-stream event where we guide you through the Quarterly Preview with expert tips and giveaways.
  • Online Portal to Log, Track, and Share Goals—so you’ll never lose visibility on your goals again.
  • Success Community where you can engage with other users and spur each other on to achieve, supported by our Full Focus Team. 

Plus, additional exclusive events and resources for Compass members only.

Once you’ve listened to this episode, here’s you next step. Head over to Compass and get started.  This is the start of your best year ever!

Jan 09, 2020
#019 How to Avoid Being Overwhelmed by Your Goals
24:19

As a high achiever, you probably start every year with a solid list of goals. You’re focused, and you’re ready to achieve. But as time wears on, you realize you can’t keep every project moving at the same rate. By mid-year, you realize it’s too late to make progress on most of your goals. 

That’s frustrating! You might even wonder, Am I just trying to do too much? No, you’re not. You don’t have too many goals. And you do have the capacity to achieve them. Just not all at once. We’ve learned the foolproof way to achieve 10 to 12 goals nearly every single year. You do that by focusing on just two or three at any one time. When you do, you’ll plow through them faster than you thought possible.

Jan 06, 2020
#018 Help! A Quarterly Preview Seems Overwhelming
30:16

High achievers are usually hard chargers. That makes it difficult—even annoying—to slow down for reflection. Who has time? 

We know how you feel. That’s why we’ve developed a streamlined method for pausing your work just long enough to make the next phase more productive. It’s called a Quarterly Preview. This simple practice will uncomplicate your life. It is your opportunity to build momentum for the next three months. 

We’ve got four compelling reasons to give it a try.

Dec 30, 2019
#017 Stop Goal Exhaustion with This Simple Fix
29:46

Does it ever feel like you’re on a treadmill? One week ends, another begins. One quarter ends, another begins. You hit your goals this month. Yay! Now get back to work. It never ends. 

It’s enough to make you sick of the word goal

Goal achievement should not be that way. The last thing you should feel about setting a goal is dread. We’ve got a simple hack that will make you feel excited every time you set a goal. Do this one simple thing, and you’ll never again dread the start of the quarter. Here’s how to create a reward that will keep you motivated to achieve.

Dec 23, 2019
#016 How to Get Instant Momentum on Goals
29:46

You’ve set some great goals. They’re exciting and challenging. But that creates a lot of complexity. There so much to be done. Your project plan is solid, but it’s hard to find the time to make progress. The whole thing just seems overwhelming. 

Based on achieving lots of big goals, we’ve learned that complex detailed plans are not always helpful. You don’t need to plot the entire course. All you need is the next step. It’s time to stop thinking about “the plan” for your goal and just identify the next action. 

When you do, you’ll get unstuck instantly. The feeling of overwhelm will disappear, and you’ll start seeing daily progress on the things that matter most. 

Dec 16, 2019
#015 How to Motivate Yourself to Actually Finish Goals
30:39

You have a lot of goals and projects in your portfolio. But to be honest, you have a hard time remembering what they are. Sometimes you hope nobody will remind you of them because you can’t really remember why you chose them in the first place. Why is it so hard to maintain your excitement about a goal all year long? 

Actually, it’s not! We’ve got a simple way to fuel your passion for goal achievement throughout the year. Do this one simple thing, and you’ll you’ll stop finding goals in June that you forgot about in January. You’ll maintain your excitement, keep your focus, and make progress on your goals all year long. 

Dec 09, 2019
#014: How to Finish Goals that Drag on Forever
29:25

As a high achiever, you love to get things done. But some goals just seem to float out there on the horizon. Some are just hard to start. There’s never a good time to begin. Others, you just can’t finish. Sure, you make progress. But it’s just hard to finish that last 10 percent. 

We’ve been there, and we know the solution. You need to make sure every goal has a time key. We’ll show you exactly why that matters so much—and how it will help you finish. 

Do this, and you’ll never have trouble getting started on a goal. You’ll always know exactly what your progress is. And, best of all, you’ll know when you’re done!

Dec 02, 2019
#013: How to Create Habit Goals
32:56

You want to win at work and succeed at life. But it turns out that changing your life can be a lot harder than achieving goals. You might be able to crank out the work, but going to the gym consistently, or forcing yourself to adopt a morning ritual, or quitting work every day at 5:00 just takes too much will power!

 

Here’s the thing. Achieving lifestyle goals is not much different than hitting your goals at work. Both goals use the SMARTER framework. But there are certain adjustments you need to make for a habit goal. Your problem isn’t will power. It’s probably that you haven’t created a solid habit goal. And we can show you how. 

 

Start tweaking these three elements of your habit goals, and you’ll crush them every time. You’ll no longer feel stuck in your personal habits. And you’ll make the positive changes that help you win in life as well as at work. 

Nov 25, 2019
#012: 10 Areas of Life You Must Pay Attention To
28:49

Did you ever notice that the harder you push at work, the more out of whack things seem to get at home? Your relationships begin to suffer. You neglect sleep and exercise. Your family starts to complain that “you’re never here.” 

Shouldn’t it be possible to win at work and succeed at life? 

Actually, it is. We’ll show you how to bring balance to your life by giving attention to each of the 10 life domains—not just your work. When you do this, you’ll begin to feel better right away. And you won’t see any real loss of productivity. In fact, you’ll probably be more productive than ever before.

Nov 18, 2019
#011: How to Connect Annual Goals to Daily Productivity
31:47

As a high achiever, you love to set big goals. You thrive on strategic planning sessions because it’s a time to dream big. 

But daily life is just not conducive to goal achievement. You’re pretty organized, but major goals and projects come on top of your “real job.” It’s hard to make progress on the big things when you’ve got so much other work to do. 

Good news: there is one thing that makes you much more likely to achieve your goals. It’s called goal visibility. You’re going to make progress at anything you see or touch every day. So the key is to create consistent points of contact with your most important goals. And we can show you how to do that with three levels of goal review.

Nov 11, 2019
#010: Keep Your Focus with This One Tool
28:54

We know you want to get stuff done. So you sit down to make some calls, or empty your inbox, or write a report. But before you know it, you’re answering Slack messages and scrolling Instagram. What just happened?

What happened is that you fell into the Palo Alto honey trap. Computer software is specifically designed to grab your attention and hold it. Forever

But we’ve got a secret weapon. It’s one of the oldest technologies on the planet, and it still works as well as it ever did. It’s called paper! When you start using this time-tested tech to manage your day, you’ll get your brain back. It’ll strengthen your focus muscle,and you’ll finally start getting the right stuff done.

Nov 04, 2019
#009: These 3 Beliefs Are Holding You Back
28:52

Sometimes it feels like the world is divided into two types of people: super-successful over-achievers, and the rest of us. Why does it seem that other people always get the promotion or double their income or start a new career? 

You do have what it takes to be successful. But it’s possible you’re being held back by limiting beliefs. When you identify your limiting beliefs and exchange them for liberating truths, your outlook will change overnight. 

In this episode, you’ll learn the three most common types of limiting beliefs—and how to overcome them.

Oct 28, 2019
#008: What Separates Good Goals from Bad Goals
28:49

Sometimes it feels like the world is divided into two types of people: super-successful over-achievers, and the rest of us. Why does it seem that other people always get the promotion or double their income or start a new career? 

You do have what it takes to be successful. But it’s possible you’re being held back by limiting beliefs. When you identify your limiting beliefs and exchange them for liberating truths, your outlook will change overnight. 

In this episode, you’ll learn the three most common types of limiting beliefs—and how to overcome them.

Oct 21, 2019
#007: A Simple (Yet Overlooked) Strategy for Achieving Goals
27:32

I know you guys. You’re high achievers. You want to get stuff done. Achieve goals. And celebrate the wins! 

To do that, you have downloaded every productivity app ever made. You listened to Michael Hyatt’s tech episode and you’ve got Fantastical running on top of iCal and pulling data from your six Google calendars. You’re wired in with Asana or Basecamp or Nozbe so no task, no matter how small, ever gets missed. You’ve got your master project list in Evernote, hyperlinked to your project plan in Excel. Every project has a completion plan. Every plan has a task list. Every task has a due date. And they all cross linked. You’re wired, Baby!

Oct 14, 2019
#006: How to Get Ahead of Every Week
25:21

You really want to love your job. But it can be overwhelming! Work starts coming at you even before you’re in the building by emails and texts. It’s exhausting. There’s got to be a better way to start the week.

Here’s help. We’ve got a proven, easy-to-use method for taking control of your week before it starts. Try the Weekly Preview, and you’ll finally quit dreading Mondays! You’ll enter each week freeling relaxed and in control—and you’ll get more done.

Oct 07, 2019
#005: The Magic Number for Quarterly Goals
28:01

High achievers thrive on setting big goals. The problem is that we create complexity for ourselves, which virtually guarantees getting bogged down. We may achieve one goal but miss ten. It’s discouraging. 

The problem is that you’re trying to do too much too fast. In this episode, we’ll show you how to narrow your focus to just two or three goals per quarter. When you do, you’ll go from achieving just one or two goals a year, to nailing nearly all of them most of the time. Finally, you can start celebrating wins almost every month.

Sep 30, 2019
#004: The Success Formula for Goal Achievement
27:37

You want to be a high achiever, but sometimes you feel more like a plate spinner. Between your goal sheet, project management app, daily to-do list, and calendar, you’re managing a lot of details. It’s overwhelming, and something inevitably hits the floor. 

We’ve got the answer. What you need is not one more app to throw in the mix. You need a system that binds all these elements of productivity together. We call it the Goal Achievement Formula. 

Try this, and you’ll finally stop feeling like a juggler at work. All of your projects, goals, and tasks will be in alignment. And? You’ll get more done than ever before.

Sep 23, 2019
#003: Not Making Progress on Your Goals? Try This
25:21

Everybody has big projects or goals they’d like to achieve. The problem is that our “real work” keeps us from making progress on our goals. It’s frustrating to watch your goals slip away, or get sidelined for another year. 

But that can change! We’ve got a simple hack that will ensure you make progress on your goals every single week. And it really works! It’s time to trade your frustration for achievement. You’ll make huge progress on your goals and end every week feeling on top of your game.

Sep 16, 2019
#002: Change Your Mind, Change Your Life
29:36

You’re a high achiever, which means you want to get things done! The problem is that no matter how many apps, hacks, and time-management systems you try, you still get caught up in the whirlwind of the modern workplace. It leaves you feeling that something’s wrong with—or missing from—what you’re doing. 

There is! And we know what it is. You don’t need a new system, hack, or app to make you more productive. You need to change the way you think about productivity and achievement.  

When you adopt the Full Focus mindset, you’ll instantly go from feeling scattered and overworked to feeling calm, focused, and in control. You’ll escape that feeling that “something’s missing” from your approach to work, and you’ll start to experience a greater level of productivity than you ever thought possible.

Sep 09, 2019
#001: Get More Done (By Doing Less)
25:30

Everyone wants to be productive at work. But there is just too much to do! Your to-do list grows throughout the day, and you never get finished—no matter how long you work. It’s exhausting. But we’ve got the answer.  By narrowing your to-do list, you’ll actually achieve more by doing less. As a result, you’ll escape the sick feeling of always being behind, and you’ll get your most important work done every day. This one change will transform your days from out of control to perfectly focused.

Sep 09, 2019
Get Focus!
02:07

Start loving Mondays! Each week on Focus on This, Courtney Baker and Blake Stratton give you practical tips and proven strategies for increasing your focus so you can be more productive than ever before. They also speak with guests and listeners who share tips to help you make the most out of every day.

The show launches Monday, September 9th! Make sure you subscribe now and then join us next Monday!

(Until then, you can listen to Lead to Win at http://www.leadto.win.

 

Sep 03, 2019