Do you find it difficult to focus on one thing at a time? Are you struggling with completing tasks and admin? Do you need deep focus to help you develop and launch a new idea?
In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens and Uriah Guilford discuss some tips for boosting your focus.
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Meet Uriah Guilford
Uriah Guilford, LMFT, is the owner of Guilford Family Counseling and the mastermind behind Productive Therapist, a business that provides world-class virtual assistants to therapy practice owners. He is a technology enthusiast, productivity nerd, and a pretty rad drummer.
Uriah is always searching for creative ways to provide counseling to youth and families as well as help therapists to get more done while working less.
See also: The Productive Therapist Focus Club – an accountability and support group for therapists.
In This Podcast
- Eliminate distractions
- Set up your physical workspace accordingly
- Work with single tasks
- Get an accountability partner
- Uriah’s advice to Christian counselors
When you are focusing on doing something, eliminate the distractions in your environment:
- Put your phone on silent or in the other room
- Place yourself in a quiet and secluded space
- Avoid multitasking when you are working on one thing
For some people [the biggest distraction] is email, so you need to close down your email. When you are getting focused work done, you need to close the thing so that you can’t see it. (Uriah Guilford)
Set up your physical workspace accordingly
Layout your work area in a way that suits you and your needs.
It does not have to be neat unless tidiness distracts you, for example.
What does your ideal space look like?
- Having a glass of water or a bottle of water to drink
- A candle to set the environment
- Clean or relatively tidy space
- A notepad to keep track of progress so that you do not have to break the concentration
Try using a dedicated environment to get work done. Spend a night or two at a hotel, work in a coffee shop or library to supercharge your productivity in this new place.
I recommend putting that on your calendar and planning that [work time] ahead, whether that’s once per quarter, or twice a year. (Uriah Guilford)
Work with single tasks
Avoid multitasking. No one can really do multiple things at once at a high level.
Rather, focus and commit to doing one thing at a time.
Focus on replying to emails for 20 minutes, then get admin done for another 20 minutes, and then work on a project for 20 minutes instead of trying to do everything in bits and pieces at the same time.
Use the Pomodoro technique: work for 20 minutes and then take a five-minute break.
There’s a limit on how long you can [genuinely] pay attention to anything … for most of us, it’s probably about 20 or 30 minutes. (Uriah Guilford)
Get an accountability partner
It is great if you have got goals and dreams to achieve for this year but you need accountability. Otherwise, you may not get things done.
Find an accountability partner or join a Mastermind group to work alongside people who share your goals.
You can motivate one another, learn from each other, and commit to trying difficult things together, making it easier.
Uriah’s advice to Christian counselors
You have to prioritize your goals and what you need as well as the needs of your clients.
Books mentioned in this episode:
Useful links mentioned in this episode:
- Heard offers affordable bookkeeping services, personalized financial reporting, and tax assistance. Sign up now at www.joinheard.com.
- Enroll in Uriah’s 7 Day Email Transformation Course
- Visit the The Productive Therapist website and connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.
- Connect with Uriah on Twitter and LinkedIn.
- Check out Boomerang for Gmail
- Take the DISC Christian Personality Test and get 50% off when you use promo code FAITHINPRACTICE
- Join the Faith in Practice Conference from April 21st to 24th
- Take Faith in Practice further with the Mastermind Course
- Join the Faith in Practice Facebook Group and subscribe to the email list
- Email Whitney: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out these additional resources:
- Julie Herres on Using Profit First in Your Practice | FP 131
- Next Level Practice
- Practice of the Practice Podcast Network
- Group Practice Boss
Meet Whitney Owens
Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.
Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.
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