Love him or hate him, England’s all-time leading goal scorer, Wayne Rooney, decided to call it a day and retire from international football yesterday. 119 games and 53 goals later - surely he can sit back and reflect with pride at those records he has established…or can he?

With everything he has achieved and all the records he's made as evidence of the longevity of his quality, the debate over what Rooney might have been will never truly subside. You may or may not recall, Rooney exploded into club football aged just 16 and onto the international scene at 17, which is an unbelievable achievement.

I’m sure there were many factors involved in why Wayne made this difficult decision but what it certainly does do, is free up some additional time which will allow him to focus on what is important in life.

Which leads me to the question, do we focus enough on what is important in our lives?

In my opinion, having some focus and direction is one of the most essential ingredients if you want to be able to:-

  • Stick with your goals (both personal and professional)
  • Measure your progress
  • Appreciate what you have in your life
  • Clearly see how you can use your time in the best way

Without question, this is easier said than done, as we often get caught up in distractions which can lead us to being stressed out or spread out too thin.

One example at PIE, is that we have a ‘break out’ area where you can get away from the noise and focus on the task at hand, rather than have your phone or colleagues distracting you.

Although it sounds a little old school, I always remember an ex manager of mine saying to write down your top priorities for the day and make them visible so you can remind yourself what is important for you on that given day.

Ultimately, we all have different drivers and motivators in life and most of us are not in the spotlight like Wayne Rooney is. But with planning, focus and a good attitude, who knows, you might be able to break your own personal best or existing company record?