Business professionals are typically busy, or maybe crazy-busy is a more accurate statement. Industry leaders are forever lecturing that business owners need to say focused in order to succeed in business. But the bigger question is; how can you be focused when so many things demand your attention? Staying on track, focused and motivated may seem like a tall order, but there are ways to make it seem a little less daunting.
Paint the Right Side of the House: Ever heard the analogy of “trying to paint a house with one gallon of paint?” The “one gallon of paint” symbolizes your time, and the “house” is your business as a whole. Choosing which projects or tasks are high-priority will help you direct energy and time toward what matters the most in your business.
Delegation: That being said, whatever you determine isn’t in your priority wheelhouse should be delegated. Just because you are good at social media and blogging doesn’t necessarily mean handling those tasks yourself will be the best use of your time as a business owner. Again, assign the income-producing activities to yourself and delegate (or outsource) the rest.
Try The Buddy System: If you are struggling to stay focused, consider getting a friend or business mentor to act as a motivational partner who will hold you accountable. He or she can check in on you at regular intervals to see how you’re doing, encourage you if need be and help keep you on track with accomplishing your business goals.
Establish a Routine: New and interesting things are fun and exciting, but routine helps keep you grounded. It’s a good idea to set your alarm for the same time each weekday morning and head to your office at approximately the same time each day. Trying to scramble and figure out your work hours each day only wastes time and energy, and hampers your productivity. Establish a routine and stick with it.
Stay on Task: You may be dying of curiosity regarding who just messaged you on Skype, or if there’s something new and interesting in your inbox, but every time your attention is directed away from the task at hand, it takes precious time to re-focus and get back on track. It’s amazing what you can do if you buckle down and shut out distractions. Taking a break is fine – in fact, it’s necessary to avoid burn-out. But schedule your breaks into your day rather than taking them at a whim.
Be a Nice Boss: Just because you are your own boss doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be a nice one. Give yourself time off and frequent breaks, but also crack down when things aren’t getting done.