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F Is For February and Focus

This post is about my need to get focused so that I could get some big things done.

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Every once in a while we need to get focused. And whether yours come from the chiropractor or is self-inflicted, the process can open you up or drive your attention down a more singular path.

I’ve decided that February is going to be my month to get focused.

Why the need to get focused?

As a blogger, entrepreneur, marketing coach, author, career strategist and speaker I’ve worn a lot of hats over the last few years.  It’s been an amazing journey full of unexpected surprises, great opportunities and, as you might expect, a few frustrations.

But, just like in job search, we have to be ready to push through the frustrations and obstacles in our path to get where we said we wanted to go in life.

So what does a need to get focused mean for me and how can you use the idea to help re-energize the things that are important in your life right now?

My need to get focused for February can be expressed simply like this:

get focused, realignment, focus, chiropracter, increase, decrease, career, life, job search

Now if you have a first reaction to this chart, it might strike you as counter-intuitive. Everything on the right is what you might know me for supporting.

And I do support them all.

But these are also areas that can be somewhat unproductive.  And unappreciated after you’ve been doing them for a while.  So a realignment will help me both reassess my focus in these areas and, after February, reassert their role in my longer term strategy.

Know that the minus sign does not indicate “STOP” but rather a reduction in time and focus.


So I can hit much harder on those items under the “PLUS” column.

Speaking of the “PLUS” column, you may be wondering what they are and why they are there:


As many of you know, we just finished an initial private beta (testing) on a new piece of software to help job seekers build a powerful strategy for their search.  We are estimating another four weeks to implement the changes, improvements and fixes.  If you’d like to be on the need to know list for when we are opening the curtain, sign up here to be notified.  This software is the culmination of all the heart and passion I’ve put into Tim’s Strategy® over the last four years.  It is the deliverable.  And to deliver it on time, I have to dig in.

Business Development

In addition to Tim’s Strategy, I also own Fix, Build and Drive™. I blog there too but mostly it is a home for my relatively new coaching/consulting practice. The focus there is marketing, branding and business strategy targeting emerging and established companies or organizations. It’s about helping the stuck get unstuck. And strengthening companies so they can begin the push out of this economy.

Healthy Living

The one thing you think you finally have time for is getting in shape. And eating right. But I really haven’t done that very well.  Oh, I’ve had my moments. And I do work out a few times a week. But it’s not enough. You and I could be doing so much more, right?  So now I will. For at least 30 days. To see how I feel (broken or on fire for more).  🙂


The other thing I said I would do is spend more time with everyone I love. But the truth is that the pressure to succeed as an entrepreneur (for me) makes that hard. It is really hard to separate work time from family time. A balancing act between being where I need to be and making the advances in my business required to keep doing it. The cool thing is I’ve been able to see almost all my kids sports events over the past year. But I’ve been missing mentally at many other key times.

So what does all this mean? Will I disappear for 30 days and reappear magically as a new man?


But I doubt it. More likely, I will have achieved great things at a time in my life when I really needed it. And made time for important actions and people. At at time when they really needed me.

So if I don’t respond to an email right away. Or respond to you on Twitter or Facebook within the hour, it’s not that I don’t dig you.

Because I do.

So quietly cheer me on. Send me a mental tweet. I’ll probably get it.

If you want to join me on this February journey to get focused, download a similar chart here: My February Focus – your own place to choose a focus for the month.

To see what happens for you.

Written by: Tim Tyrell-Smith
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  • Jbancroftconnors


    Bravo for you! Just goes to show we all have to constantly inspect and adapt.

    I’m struck by how your chart much like the agile values from the Agile Manifesto. They have four values that are X over Y but they go on to say “That is, while there is value on the itemon on the right, we value the items on the left more.”

    Best of luck to you for this February.

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  • Thank you!  Hmm not familiar with the agile manifesto – I did mine in PowerPoint! 🙂  Like that idea though.

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  • I could definitely  use some more time with my family and some less time networking. Instead leaving comments on my sister’s Facebook, I should just go and visit her.

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  • This article is INCREDIBLE! You definitely nailed it Tim. You deserve a big pat on the back! Thanks for these awesome insights. I’ll make use of them and share these to friends. Keep your posts coming!

  • That’s a great thought Donna.  I’m sure she’d love to see you.  🙂

  • Thanks Kent – so far so good on de-emphasizing certain aspects.  I do miss connecting with people but the time I am getting back and the rewards of focusing are obvious already.  In the end, we have to make sure SM and other fun aspects of life are full of purpose as well as pure interaction. 

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  • Anonymous

    Tim — I was JUST thinking about you…I hope you enjoy your shift…It’s always good to shake things up! Looking forward to what happens on the “other end.”

  • Thanks M! So far so good.  And can’t wait to get to the other end too!  🙂

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