Where’s your focus?

That’s a question I explored with staff from a government agency yesterday in my Personal Effectiveness workshop.

As management expert, the late Peter Drucker said: “Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.”

I encouraged participants to take stock of both their personal and professional lives by questioning where their focus was and what success was for them.

One way to do this is to consider how you would respond to these four questions:

🔸What do I want to do that I am I doing? (Keep doing it)

🔸What don’t I want to do that I am doing? (Can I stop doing it, reduce the time I spend on it, or delegate?)

🔸What do I want to do that I am not doing? (Make it happen – schedule, goal set, plan, take action)

🔸What don’t I want to do that I’m not doing? (Great work! Don’t start if it’s something you don’t need to do. If you do need to do it and you’re avoiding it though, that’s a different matter…)

Try it yourself and let me know what stands out for you.


I help people get out of their own way with the development of soft skills (which are really hard).

If you’d like to learn more about the training I offer, please get in touch.

If you’d like to learn how to communicate more effectively under pressure, check out my book, Soft is the New Hard.