What Three Steps You Need to Know to Stay Focused

Stay Focused - Upside Thinking

Physical clutter.

Mental clutter.


Procrastination.Stay Focused - Upside Thinking

Staying focused takes a strong desire to manage your time well and be intentional about each action throughout the day.

The 3 ways to stay focused on what matters most is to: 

1. Clear the clutter.
Before I start a serious writing project in my office, I go through my house and ensure everything is in its place.
Clutter blocks my creativity and inhibits my ability to do my best work.
Because I tend to put things back where I got them, this doesn’t take very long – and the benefits are immense.

2. Do a daily data dump.
At every private client leadership retreat day, my annual Design Your Destiny Live leadership conference, or “Lead to Succeed” group retreats, I begin by having clients write down everything that’s taking up space in their head at the moment.
When I get to my desk in the morning, I do the same.
I literally pour out everything that feels like a priority both inside and outside of my business, and jot it down on a piece of paper.
I don’t do this so I can create a plan of action around each item (although that would be nice).
I do it to create space in my mind so I can be free to focus on what is most important at the moment.
It’s as important to have a to-do list and a “not-to-do” list.    

3. Give yourself permission to take a nap.
Most nights I sleep well.
While I don’t often have things on my mind that keep me awake, every so often I find myself thinking about something and I just can’t shake it.
On those nights, I ensure that I do a longer meditation in the morning – and I give myself permission to close my eyes in the afternoon.
Although it may only be for 10 minutes during my lunch break, this small break where I disengage from the busy-ness and business of the day enables me to come back refreshed, re-energized, — and more productive.

Action Stay Focused - Lisa Marie Platske

The Upside Challenge of the week is to examine where you may be getting off-track and out-of-focus when you’re working on important projects. Which of the 3 steps will you take action on to help you be more effective?

Remember, the world needs you and your brilliance.

Give them the best of you, not the stressed of you.


  1. Sandra Scaiano on October 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Yes to clearing the clutter! I find I’ve got to do it to sit and think clearly and let my creativity flow as well.
    I love being introduced to the data bump idea. This is one I am going to implement.
    Thank you!

    • LisaMarie on October 30, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sandra, and your willingness to jump in. I look forward to hearing your results!

  2. Abdul Hameed on June 8, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Great tips to say focused. “Do a daily data dump” is the best and most effective action I feel and I will do my best to practice this in life to allow my mind to focus on new things.

    • LisaMarie on June 24, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks much, Hameed. The simple action of a daily data dump allows you to focus on what will serve you best – and stay in a space of what’s working well. You are talented and an Upside Thinking – and any company would be fortunate to have you work for them.

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