Do You Ever Lose Focus?

Elliot2000 @ morguefile.com

Hey Everyone,

Well I sure as heck did! I got distracted over the past few weeks and lost focus big time!

I knew what my goal was but still allowed myself to drift off in different directions.

In looking back I think it all started when I was conducting research on getting more traffic to my squeeze page.

This research tied into tracking traffic, setting up email messages, using social media, advertising, blogging, etc. And instead of keeping my main goal in focus I kept doing more research into these other areas.

The research just kept expanding and expanding and expanding…

And before I knew it, I was all over the place and NOT focusing on my primary goal which was to get traffic to my squeeze page.

So I wasted a lot of time! Aarrgghh!!

Very annoying, especially since I know this was avoidable by simply doing a daily review of my planning and outcomes. But I got distracted and didn’t follow through on my daily routine – not a good thing!

Does this ever happen to you? Do you sometimes feel like you’re just jumping from one thing to another?

If you can relate I’d like to hear from you in the comments section below! And if you have any tips for staying focused I’d like to hear about that too!

On the upside, I’m now aware that when I conduct research I must be clear on the outcome and frequently check the status of my research to avoid getting distracted.

So now it’s onward and upward to getting back on track! As Denis Waitley says:

β€œDon’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.”

I’m back to my original focus and continuing to build my list.

I have discovered the sign-ups from giveaways have been lower than I’d like, but it does work. And I plan to continue using this method for now to obtain new subscribers. It doesn’t take that much time to get set up and advertise, and the benefit is getting new members.

I’ve also found using paid resources can be a great option for list building. However, it can be expensive, so for me I must budget and plan carefully when using paid options.

Building my list is still the focus and I’ll continue to explore more ways to get traffic to accomplish this goal.

That’s it for now. I’ll keep you posted and let you know how things are going.

It would be great to hear from you on staying focused so remember to leave your comments below!

Have an awesome ‘TOTALLY FOCUSED’ week! πŸ™‚

Donna

14 Responses to Do You Ever Lose Focus?

  1. Theodore Nwangene
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    March 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    You’re not alone on this, it happens to so many if not all of us many times. There are times when i will want to do something that will benefit my blog, but i will end up doing some other things that does not matter at all thereby wasting time.

    It is very easy to loose focus. Just like you said, the best thing is to always have our daily schedules and stick by them.

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for coming to my blog too.

    A very nice blog you have here.

    Happy to connect.
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    • Donna April 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

      Hi Theodore, Thank You!

      Yes, I can relate to planning to do one thing and then end up doing something else that’s less important too. Staying focused is key to moving forward for sure.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, I appreciate your comments! And I’ll be stopping by to read more on your blog too πŸ™‚

      Donna
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  2. Theodore Nwangene
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    March 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

    Why didn’t you add a social sharing button’s so that one can easily share your posts?

    You can use a plugin like Digg Digg to do that. Its also free.

    Thanks.
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    • Donna April 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      Hey Theodore, thanks for commenting on the social sharing button! I used to have one and now it’s no longer there. I’m not sure what happened so I’ll be checking into it and getting that fixed.

      Thanks so much for pointing it out, I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

      Donna
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  3. Sergio Felix
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    April 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Hey what’s up Donna,

    Like Theodore says, most of all IMers (if not everyone) lose focus from time to time.

    The internet is so full of distractions that is hard to believe people can actually be focused and never procrastinate on their tasks but it does happen.

    Just ask any top internet marketer and they all have that in common…

    They get things done no matter what!

    Glad to see you are now aware of it because now it’ll be easier to become more productive even when you start procrastinating a bit on non important tasks.

    Sergio

    PS. That Denis Waitley saying was SPOT ON, loved it!
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    • Donna April 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

      Hey Sergio,

      You are so right about the distractions on the Internet! I know I could spend all day long there and not get anything important done LOL. Makes one wonder what we did with our time before the Internet doesn’t it?

      I luv your reference to ‘getting things done no matter what’! That’s the mindset and focus that’s truly needed! Thanks for sharing and pointing it out! πŸ™‚

      Donna
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  4. Steven Haar April 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Just found your web site thru Alex’s new WSO The Money Trigger.
    I have read a lot of your posts and boy can I really relate.

    On keeping ones focus, this is really hard for me to do.
    I can get distracted really easy . NOw that I have listened to alex, read your blog post, and started my own blog to record my journey to success, I am determined to stay focused and to follow your success so I can learn from you.

    I am glad I found your blog.
    Keep up the great work and stay focused.
    Steven Haar
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    • Donna April 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

      I’m happy to hear you have connected with Alex too, he is the real deal and knows what he’s talking about! You are in good hands with Alex!

      Getting distracted can be a challenge, especially in the IM industry because there are so many different areas that can pull you away from what’s important. Marketing is what’s important and that’s where most of the focus should be.

      Congratulations on your blog! I look forward to reading about your journey and chatting with you again soon!
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  5. Paul Henderson
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    April 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    guess what you’ve noticed is something that afflicts us all to some extent.

    OK, so sometimes your time could have been better spent. But as long as you know when you’re distracted, and get back on track quickly, I don’t see it as a major problem.

    As someone recently said to me, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. And it’s so true.

    Aside from that Donna, good to see you’re still keepin’ on keepin’ on πŸ™‚

    All the best,
    Paul
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    • Donna April 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      Hi Paul,

      I like that – “don’t sweat the small stuff” – it’s good advice! As long as we keep moving forward towards our goals we should be in good shape. There will be little bumps along the way but as long as we know where we’re going, and stay focused, we can get over them.

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s good to hear from you! I wish you all the best πŸ™‚
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  6. Glenn Shepherd
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    May 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Do I ever lose focus? Heck yes! The things I think are important are to have a clear plan of action, write things down, keep things simple and to prioritise. That’s not to say that I do all those perfectly though!

    I think the important thing is what we do when we lose focus. Think of it like looking through a telescope. We may be focused on a particular object but when we move on to the next we might just send things out of focus a little. Now, what do we do when that happens? Do we just think it’s hopeless, take our eye away from the eyepiece and walk away? Do we try to carry on looking at the blurry image? What’s more likely is that we remedy the problem and spend a moment to adjust things so that everything’s clear again.

    This is exactly what we need to do when we lose focus in our online business endeavours. Just as we wouldn’t allow a lack of focus with a telescope to discourage us and cause us or walk away and just as we wouldn’t keep on looking at a blurry image, we should take a moment to refocus on our business and get everything clear again, not giving up and not maintaining a lack of focus. After all, keeping on looking at a blurry image is just likely to end up giving us a headache!
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    • Donna May 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      Hi Glenn,

      I luv your analogy of focus and looking through a telescope – what a great example of how things happen!

      I totally agree with you about having a clear plan of action and especially with writing things down. Having written documentation is so important to use for planning and as a guide for reaching outcomes. And of course for staying focused. You are right on target with keeping things simple and to prioritize for sure, that’s great advice!

      Your comment to ‘not giving up’ is really key, especially in our business where there’s so much information overload. And yes, I’m sure I’d get a headache staring at a blurry image too!

      Thanks so much for stopping by Glenn and sharing your thoughts on losing focus! I wish you all the best and hope to chat again soon πŸ™‚
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  7. Ben Solomon
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    May 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Fantastic post.

    Loosing focus is somthing I’ve suffered with over the years and had lost my way, til the next ‘system’ came along. But now with AJ’s first module from MWA, I’ve been working hard to get organized and be consistent. It’s been tough, but getting closer to the goal of being able to focus and get the job done.

    Also like the clean design of your blog. πŸ™‚

    Regards,
    Ben.
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    • Donna May 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Ben,

      So glad to hear you’re with Alex and working with his training. There’s some awesome stuff there on the site to help with your business journey!

      Getting caught up with the ‘next system’ as you mentioned is one of the great distractions in our industry. I understand, I’ve been there too! As long as we keep our focus and goals in the forefront I am confident we’ll find success! πŸ™‚

      Good to hear you like the blog design – thanks!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Ben! I wish you much success!
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