Episode 24

What Is Your Focus - 1 Thing

July 7th, 2021


Today we’re talking about focus and how by setting your most important task as your top focus each day you can feel more at ease.
We dive into:
  • Setting your most important task as your focus
  • Why closing down all other distractions is important
  • Using the Pomodoro Technique to take action on your top focus to maximise your time

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Full Episode Transcription

Nicole Smith 0:02
Welcome to take control with Nicole. As business owners, we experienced firsthand the fine line between our personal and business life. During our conversations, we will look at simple hints and tips to create time, reduce, overwhelm, and help you to navigate through your journey to where you want to be. If you’re looking for smarter ways to work, and create space and time freedom in your day, then you’re in the right place. All right, let’s go. Hello, hello, and welcome to another episode of take control with Nicole, How are you this week, I have to say I have had a really exciting and roller coaster ish last couple of weeks to be honest, I have just opened the doors to the members lounge. And I am so excited we had our first session today with with our master class. And we looked at review, refresh, reset. So getting everything organised and clean, looking at all of the systems that you have into play, looking at how you spend your time and where and also really starting to have a look and creating the least of your standard operating procedures that within the members land we are going to start to build and craft and design for each of my fabulous members. But today, I would love to share with you and to talk about focus. How do we when we have all the things going on. We have distractions, we have school holidays at the moment, we have beautiful, exciting opportunities popping up everywhere. How is it that we can really stay focused and in line with where and the tasks and the things and all the little bits and pieces that are actually taking us each mini step closer to those big goals that we’re setting for ourselves. We all have fabulous ambitions of what our life wants to look like, what our business is wanting to be like and all those things. You need to strategically plan that. It’s all great putting a goal out there in the world. But unless you have taken the action to create those achievable action steps that take you from here to there, you know the journey can be a little bit difficult, we can get distracted of all the things. So I had invested in myself over the last few weeks. Towards the end of financial year, I had seen a few little areas that I really love to join new communities. One of them is we are one roof, which is a membership community based in Melbourne but all of Australia, I sign up to business chicks as well. But my most exciting and I’m really excited about this is I have now joined the founders team mastermind, they’re actually based in Brisbane, but I have been kind of little stalking them for a little bit, you know, keeping an eye on Instagram looking at all the things and I took the jump about three weeks ago, and I applied for their mastermind and I got in and this morning was our first action takers session. And it was as simple as creating a space for all of us to come. We had pomodoro sprints four pomodoro sprints. For those who may or may not have heard me talk about pomodoro sprints before I might put I will put the link into the show notes to access my pomodoro download. But really all it is is setting action, deciding on the task that you’re going to complete. Setting a timer for 25 minutes, pressing go. before you’ve done that though, you’ve closed down everything so we’re talking focus, we’re getting all the distractions, we’re closing down email, we’re turning our phones over and on silent, were removing anything that’s not directly in relation to the tasks that we’re currently doing. And we hit that go button 25 minutes do to do work, work, work, do the things do the things. Ding Ding timer goes off and guess what you’ve got a five minute little break, little micro break to reset. Give yourself a breather, refresh, breathe in, breathe out you know grab a coffee, whatever it is that you need to do right there. This morning we just chatted with each other which was fabulous. We exchanged our Instagram handles and connected it was great I I found someone who loves ClickUp as much as me which is exciting. And then guess what happens? You either continue with the task if it’s a big chunky one, or you find the next action item on your list. You set that timer again you press the Go button 25 minutes and off you go again and I have to say with four of those Sprint’s which is the full pomodoro methods for 20 Five minutes, five minutes in between with a bigger break at the end of the four. I achieved so much in that hour. It was absolutely fabulous was a little bit more than an hour to be honest but it was great and it was just a real reminder of why I wanted to come on tonight and to what’s tonight here and recording tonight and Monday night here. It is all about focus, setting that intent, choosing that one thing that is going to move you from here to there.

Hey, they’re just interrupting this episode to like you know all about our exciting new membership. The doors to the take control with Nicole members lounge and now open and we are ready to welcome you to date your share as one of our fabulous foundation members. The members lounge provides a safe space to learn and implement productivity and organisational techniques for creative small business owners. We offer a unique approach to breathe in your every day by customising strong foundations that save time, money and sanity. how fabulous when you are able to confidently strike down ad straight, would you walk through door A or B, hop over to HTTPS Academy.theartisans.com.au slash members dash lounge to join us in the members lounge. I look forward to welcoming you very soon. See you later. Bye.

Right now the most important thing. Maybe it’s you need to pay your rights or pay your rent. Do you know one of those things that keeps like popping up and you feel like icky about it. Get that one thing done. Maybe it’s about developing out some content for your new membership, which is what I was doing this morning. Really exciting starting to look at developing out some more templates are so, good. Over the weekend, I spent some time looking at developing outs and click up templates for my members. And it’s so fabulous. You can just load them direct directly into click up. They’ve got document views. And did you know that you can add gifts to document views? Watch out everyone is going to be gifts everywhere from now on so much fun. But it’s really about still calling in knowing what your intent is finding that thing pressing that go button on the Pomodoro. and off you go. Well, that is all I wanted to chat about today. If you are sitting there and you’re going in that cycle of not getting those things done, set yourself a list, pick that one thing, close down all the distractions, set the Pomodoro timer, I’ll pop a link into the show notes of my absolute favourite super cute tomato with a little laptop. Love a little ding ding ding noise when you’re ready to stop and give it a go again, have that break and go get that focus on, take action. Complete that thing that you’ve been avoiding for weeks and weeks on end. And at the end, you’re going to feel beautiful, you’re going to feel like you have achieved the world. Because that one thing that is no longer hanging over your head, you can now celebrate and go Well, that wasn’t as hard as I thought it was gonna be. Okay, then well, I hope you have a fabulous rest of the week. Whatever you are going up, what do you ever you’re up to, I would love you to share this with someone tagged me in Instagram. If there’s that one thing of you like the Pomodoro method, if you’ve just heard about it for the first time, pop in Insta stories and tag me @theartisanssolutions, because I would love to celebrate with you how you have just taken action and tick that next thing off your list. Rightio. Have a fabulous rest of your week. And enjoy creating space and time freedom by now. Well, there we go. Thank you so much for joining me today. It’s been such a pleasure having you on board. Have we connected on socials yet? If not, please come on over. Say hi, I’m on all the platforms at the artisan solutions. So I’d really look forward to seeing you over there. And if you enjoyed today’s episode, don’t forget to tag me and I’d love it if you could leave a review. And of course share this with others so others can come and join us next time. All right, then everyone have a fabulous rest of the week and until next time. See you then.


Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.