Most of us thrive on some degree of structure.

We’re used to having regular commitments – whether that’s client interaction, networking, or family activities.

When the world shifts, that structure may shift too, and fall away. This can make our world even more difficult to navigate.

I was working with a client last week whose topic was her lack of focus.

She had lots she could do, but just wasn’t doing it.

I asked her to describe her day, and immediately noticed that she found that hard – because no two days were the same, and all of them sounded aimless. As we explored further, it became obvious that this lack of structure was contributing significantly to her inability to focus.

Working together, we devised a simple structure that would work for her.

We identified the time in the day that she would set aside for pre-planned work.

And we identified the kind of tasks that she would undertake during that time.

Everyone’s ideal structure will be different.

As well as your workload and the type of activities you need to do, you should factor in other demands on your time.

You need to take into account your domestic situation – maybe alone or with partner, elderly relative or kids. And you need to take into account your other commitments – housework, caring, home schooling.

Devise the structure that works for you.

Then don’t forget to communicate it to others too, if necessary, so that they recognise when you are available for them – and when you’re not!

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