In this day and age, we are constantly bombarded with information. New products, new services, new updates on your newsletter feeds. We receive texts, emails and notifications on our phones nearly every minute.
Unfortunately, human biology doesn’t evolve quite as quickly, so we’re always dealing with information overload.
Can’t quite concentrate on your task because you know that there are a billion and one other related tasks and issues that are going to rely on it? Don’t worry, you haven’t developed ADHD. You’re just too used to being exposed to constant information.
Of course, it ends up distracting you so much you take hours to get anything done. Even worse, you keep forgetting the main points of what you were researching and need to constantly remind yourself.
So here’s a method created by world #1 peak performance coach Tony Robbins called Chunking, and no, it doesn’t require you to forget anything.
Step 1: Capturing
Before you dive straight into chunking things, you need to figure out what needs to be chunked. Take all that information buzzing in your brain and write it down or type it up somewhere.
Document the ideas, meetings, communications and required results. Capture the things that are a must for you to accomplish, whether they are the things you really want or situations that demand your attention.
Limit the captured information to a week’s worth. Remember – the human brain can handle anything between 5 – 9 items at a time.
Step 2: Sorting
Look for commonalities between each item. Categorise them according to the common areas of Life Mastery: health, meaning & emotions, relationships, time, work/career/mission, finances, and spirituality.
Group them into digestible chunks. For example, family gatherings, dates, and friendly outings can all be under the umbrella of “relationships”.
Step 3: Find the desired outcome
Once these items are chunked together, you’ll have a clearer understanding of your desired outcome. Like the previously example of “relationships”, you can see the desire to improve your communication and connections with different groups of people.
The moment you start thinking of your chunks as groups of desired outcomes, it becomes less burdensome to act on them. Instead of multiple individual tasks that you have to do, you can now see an overarching purpose for each group of tasks.
And instead of getting overwhelmed by the minutiae, you’ll be able to focus on the reasons behind each task and prioritise. In fact, you might even get inspired to come up with a better plan of action to bring all these different tasks together and accomplish more.
In the end…
There are so many things competing for and demanding your attention in life, if you don’t make a conscious effort to decide in advance which things you’re going to focus on, you’ll live in reaction to demands of the moment. Focus is the ultimate power that can change the way we think, the way we feel and what we do in any moment. When we change our focus, we change our life.