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We're thrilled to bring you a collection of insights, tips, and updates designed to help you break free from limitations and achieve your limitless potential. This month, we focus on mastering your day with proven F.O.C.U.S. techniques. Dive in and discover how to streamline your priorities, overcome obstacles, and boost your productivity.

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Harnessing the Power of F.O.C.U.S.:

A 5-Step Guide for Women in Business

By Lisa Murphy

In the dynamic landscape of modern business, where mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs are constantly striving for excellence, finding effective strategies to boost productivity and achieve goals is crucial. One such strategy is the F.O.C.U.S. method (Finding Optimal Critical Useful Systems), a unique framework developed by Limited to Limitless Transformational Coaching. While the F.O.C.U.S. method is proprietary, it draws on well-established principles and research in the field of productivity and personal development. This article breaks down each step of the F.O.C.U.S. method, providing practical advice on how to integrate it into your daily routine to set clear goals, identify high-impact activities, and overcome obstacles like fear and self-doubt.

The F.O.C.U.S. Method Explained

The F.O.C.U.S. method is designed to help individuals streamline their priorities and enhance their productivity by concentrating on the most critical and useful tasks. Here’s a closer look at each component of the F.O.C.U.S. framework:


The first step involves identifying the core areas of your life and work that require attention. According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review, clarity about your priorities is essential for effective time management (Davis, 2018). Begin by listing all your tasks and categorizing them based on their importance and urgency. Tools like the Eisenhower Matrix can be particularly helpful in this stage.


Next, focus on optimizing your tasks. This means finding the most efficient ways to complete your important activities. A whitepaper by McKinsey & Company highlights the importance of efficiency in achieving business success, noting that optimizing work processes (and the way we operate in our daily lives) can lead to significant productivity gains (McKinsey & Company, 2019). Consider leveraging technology and automation tools to streamline repetitive tasks, allowing you to focus on more strategic activities.


The critical phase is about zeroing in on the activities that have the most significant impact on your goals. In her book "The One Thing," Gary Keller emphasizes the importance of focusing on tasks that truly matter (Keller, 2013). By identifying and prioritizing these high-impact activities, you can make substantial progress towards your goals while avoiding the trap of being busy but not productive.


Ensuring that your tasks are useful and contribute to your overarching goals is vital. According to productivity expert David Allen, author of "Getting Things Done," clarity about the usefulness of your tasks can drastically improve your focus and efficiency (Allen, 2001). Regularly evaluate your tasks to ensure they align with your long-term objectives and discard or delegate those that don’t.


Finally, establishing robust systems to support your productivity is crucial. A report by the Project Management Institute suggests that structured systems and processes are key to achieving project success (PMI, 2018). Develop systems that help you track your progress, manage your time, and maintain accountability. This might include using project management software, setting up regular review sessions, and maintaining a structured daily routine.

Overcoming Obstacles:

Fear and Self-Doubt

Fear and self-doubt are common obstacles that can hinder productivity and success. However, these can be transformed into powerful motivators with the right approach.

Addressing Fear

Fear often stems from uncertainty and the possibility of failure. Mel Robbins, in her widely acclaimed book "The 5 Second Rule," suggests that taking immediate action can help overcome fear (Robbins, 2017). By applying the F.O.C.U.S. method, you can break down your tasks into manageable steps, reducing the overwhelming nature of big goals and minimizing fear.

Conquering Self-Doubt

Self-doubt can be paralyzing, but building confidence through small, consistent achievements can help. Psychologist Carol Dweck, in her research on the growth mindset, explains that viewing challenges as opportunities for growth rather

than threats can significantly alter your perception and boost your confidence (Dweck, 2006). The F.O.C.U.S. method encourages setting clear, achievable goals, which can lead to small wins that build momentum and confidence over time.

Practical Application of the F.O.C.U.S. Method

Integrating the F.O.C.U.S. method into your daily routine involves several actionable steps:

Step 1: Define Your Core Priorities

Start by listing your primary goals and categorizing them based on their importance and urgency. Use tools like the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize tasks effectively. This helps in ensuring that you focus on what truly matters.

Step 2: Optimize Your Tasks

Look for ways to streamline your workflow. This could involve adopting new technologies, delegating tasks that others can handle, or automating repetitive activities. The goal is to free up time for tasks that require your unique skills and insights.

Step 3: Focus on High-Impact Activities

Identify tasks that directly contribute to your main goals. Dedicate specific time blocks in your schedule to work on these critical tasks without interruptions. This practice, known as time blocking, is endorsed by productivity experts like Cal Newport, author of "Deep Work" (Newport, 2016).

Step 4: Regularly Assess Task Usefulness

Regularly review your task list to ensure that every activity aligns with your broader objectives. Eliminate tasks that do not add value or contribute to your goals. This continuous assessment helps maintain focus and efficiency. Measure your success, the amount of delay, and the number of challenges you face with each task. Evaluate if there may be a need to further breakdown the task, delegate it, or alter your approach for greater success.

Step 5: Establish and Maintain Systems

Develop systems that support your workflow and keep you accountable. This could include using project management tools like Asana or Trello, setting up regular check-ins with a mentor or accountability partner, and maintaining a consistent daily routine.

Case Study: Applying the F.O.C.U.S. Method in Real Life

Consider the example of Sarah, a mid-career professional who felt overwhelmed by her workload and was struggling to advance in her career. By applying the F.O.C.U.S. method, Sarah was able to redefine her priorities, streamline her tasks, and focus on high-impact activities. Within six months, she saw significant improvements in her productivity and job satisfaction.

Sarah's Process:

  1. Finding: Sarah started by identifying her core responsibilities and categorizing her tasks.

  2. Optimal: She optimized her workflow by delegating non-essential tasks and using automation tools.

  3. Critical: Sarah focused on projects that had a direct impact on her career goals.

  4. Useful: She regularly assessed the usefulness of her tasks, ensuring alignment with her objectives.

  5. Systems: Sarah established a daily routine and used project management tools to track her progress.

The Bottom Line ...

The F.O.C.U.S. method is a powerful framework that can help mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs enhance their productivity and achieve their goals. By finding and prioritizing critical tasks, optimizing workflows, and establishing supportive systems, you can overcome obstacles like fear and self-doubt and pave the way for success.

Are you ready to transform your daily routine and achieve your goals with the F.O.C.U.S. method? Join our community of like-minded professionals and gain access to exclusive resources, events, and coaching sessions. Subscribe to our newsletter here and check out our upcoming events here.


  • Allen, D. (2001). Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Penguin Books.

  • Davis, T. (2018). The Importance of Clarity in Effective Time Management. Harvard Business Review.

  • Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Random House.

  • Keller, G. (2013). The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. Bard Press.

  • McKinsey & Company. (2019). Efficiency and Business Success. McKinsey & Company Whitepaper.

  • Newport, C. (2016). Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. Grand Central Publishing.

  • Project Management Institute (PMI). (2018). The Importance of Structured Systems in Achieving Project Success. PMI Report.

  • Robbins, M. (2017). The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage. Savio Republic.

By incorporating these principles and techniques into your routine, you can leverage the F.O.C.U.S. method to enhance your productivity, overcome obstacles, and achieve success.


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Our focus this week is on software designed to simplify organizing your day, whether you work independently as a solopreneur or collaborate with teams.


Organize tasks, set priorities, and track progress with ease.


Visual boards and lists to manage projects effectively.


Powerful project management features for task prioritization.


Capture ideas, set reminders, and keep your priorities clear.


An all-in-one solution for note-taking, task management, and collaboration.

Google Workspace

Discover the ultimate tool to streamline your workflow! Manage emails, tasks, chats, documents, forms, and more all in one place.


An add-on app and a space for enhancing everything Google has to offer plus marketing, email templates, Customer retention tools, client management systems, and much more.

The last 2 are the tools I use and I make great use out of both. They have really cut down my "unnecessary" time for organization and management.

From Limited to Limitless:

Dela’s Journey

 Imagine Dela, a great mother of one, pregnant with her second daughter and terrified of "having her voice heard" for her new business venture. Dela came to us with an overwhelming "Fear of Failure" and "Fear of (her) Voice."

Dela had a belief that she had to know "everything" about a product or program to be able to be successful at promoting it. She truly believed that the only time she was successful was when she had enough time and enough training (time undefined by her) to know "everything." Not only is this not possible, but it is also patently untrue. Through our targeted training and systems, Dela soon realized she had many successes in her life and achieving perfection before taking action is not what successful people do.

Dela's journey from fear to fearlessness unravels the myth of perfection. Discovering her latent strengths, she now steps into her power with confidence, embracing her voice without waiting to know it all. Your path from Limited to Limitless awaits.

Remember, it's not just about overcoming fear, but igniting a powerful transformation that resonates with others.

Quik-Tips for Implementation

  • Clarify WHAT you WANT (to achieve, to be, to do)

  • Define WHY this is important to you - In Writing

  • Identify your F.E.A.R.

  • Acknowledge and Dissect the F.E.A.R.

  • Write out Your Successes and Why that F.E.A.R. may be a Flawed Expectation

  • Review wnd write out why/how your successful outcome will benefit you and others

  • Contemplate and write out how NOT achieving this outcome will affect you (and others)

  • List the TOP 3 Tasks that you  need to do to Accomplish this (This week, This Month, etc)

  • Break tasks into smaller steps - Micro-Moves 

  • At least 5 Small steps - even it they seem minute

  • Write out HOW you will and What you will do to Celebrate the Accomplishment of EACH micro-move - Make it fun to help your Psyche WANT to do the work

  • Set a timer for focused work sessions

  • Reward yourself for completing tasks - Celebrate FOR REAL!


How can I start defining my WHAT goals?

Begin by outlining your long-term vision and breaking it down into specific, actionable objectives that are well-defined, ambitious, and tenacious.

What are some common Flawed Expectations Appearing Real?

Common flawed expectations include fearing failure, overestimating risks, and expecting immediate results without considering the necessary effort and time.

How do I identify my high-impact activities?

Evaluate your tasks based on their potential outcomes and how they align with your goals. Focus on those that have the most significant impact on your progress.

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