Every few weeks, I try and discover exactly what my audience is struggling with.
By asking on Twitter, within my unique email newsletters, and also face to face, I can gain an incredibly good insight into my audience pain’s and struggle’s.
In today’s blog post, we have an intriguing and common struggle to do with focus.
Do you ever feel like your not ahead of the game? Do you feel distracted within your business, struggling to get the essential parts completed?
This can often feel like your losing control.
I’ve been in the exact same situation, and I’m sure a lot of other entrepreneurs can say the same.
Within this blog post, I share crucial tips to help you gain focus within your business, and help you get ahead of the game.
Focus is so important to nail within business, so let’s make sure you’ve mastered it.
If you have a struggle you want answered, be sure to email me.
Clearing Your Thoughts And Things To Do
When I think of someone who isn’t focused, they go from one thing to the next, without committing themselves to one topic.
If you’re trying to focus on a multitude of things at once, then you’re not going to focus at all. In fact, you’re going to get distracted and feel even worse.
When I think of someone with focus, their ahead of the game, their in control, and their productive. This doesn’t mean they work for longer, but they concentrate on the essential parts to help their business grow.
Their narrow mindedness is the key to help them achieve this, as they block everything else out, before they complete the given task.
Many other blogs tell you to write a to-do list, which I do on a daily basis. However, what they don’t mention; is the importance of clearing your mind to get those things completed.
In order for you to get things done, you need to focus on one task at a time. Whatever your task may be, the less distractions you have, the more focused you’ll be.
- Switch off everything which could distract you, from the internet, to the television, to email
- To help you focus on a particular task, make sure your seeing tasks through to the end, and not leaving them half finished
- Tell yourself that you’ll do that task, before moving onto the next
The University Example
Whilst I was at University, a lot of people waited till the very last minute to complete their work for important deadlines.
With the pressure that time was very much against them, pretty much all of them got the work done on time.
But why was this?
Because they were absolutely focused on the task at hand, and they couldn’t let anything get in the way to distract them.
Sure, these people had a great amount of stress, most did ‘all nighters’, and some probably wish they hadn’t left it so late, but it’s because of their absolute focus, they got it done in time.
When these individuals first received the assignments to complete, there was no pressure on them to get the work done. They left it till the very last second, panicked, and then focused.
This is why it’s extremely important to clear your head space in order for you to gain focus within your business, and to help your business in the long term.
So what am I trying to say here?
Create Time Pressures
In order for you to actually achieve the things you want done, you need to tell yourself you’ll get it done by a certain time.
If tell yourself, or even better, tell your audience that you have to complete a task by a given time, it’ll force you to concentrate on the task at hand, and to complete it by that time.
This is why it’s essential to focus on one thing at a time;
- Tell yourself that you’ll get that task done in a certain amount of time, and make sure you deliver
- The more people you tell, the more likely you’ll complete it by that time – as you don’t want to let them down
Doing The Things That Actually Need Completing
When we write our daily or weekly to-do lists, we sometimes write a enormous list for us to complete.
This creates an opposite reaction and makes us more distracted, resulting in getting less work done.
You need to stop creating a to-do-list which is massive, and create a list which is a maximum of 5 tasks long.
I’ve got my to do list in front of me as I type this blog post, and have around 5 things to do for the day. I’ve made sure that I’m doing the things that I need to be doing to improve my business, by focusing on these 5 tasks only.
One way I’ve been able to effectively get ahead of the game, and to actually gain control of my own businesses, is to plan exactly what I need to do.
You’ve probably heard about writing to do lists, but the secret isn’t by writing down a great deal of tasks, but to truly do the things which actually need doing.
It’s all about narrowing down.
Do this exercise;
- Create a to do list, and write down as many tasks which you want completed for the day or week
- Take this list, and create a table forming of three columns
- Now, title the first column as ‘Essential Things To Do’, the second as ‘Moderate Things To Do’, And then ‘Fillers’
- Write the really important tasks into your first column, your mediocre tasks into the second, and put the tasks which are simply distractions into the third
- Have it in front of you, and work from one column to the next, focusing on the essential tasks first, before moving onto the second
This process allows you to see exactly what is important within your daily tasks, and help you achieve the tasks which actually need doing, improving your focus.
Write Down Your Goals
In order for you to focus and to feel like your in control, you need to write effective goals which you can work towards.
If you have no goals, you have nothing to work towards.
Before every start of the week, I write down all the tasks which I want completed.
This ranges from important tasks to ‘fillers’.
This exercise is crucial to help me work towards something, so I know exactly what I need to do in order for me to succeed.
You can also write long term goals, and print this out so it’s in front of you everyday of the week.
This can really encourage you on a daily basis, and help your focus.
- Make sure you’re writing goals which you want completed before the start of a new week
- Write your short term goals and long term goals
- Print this off so it’s in front of you, and remain focused on the smaller tasks, which ultimately help the longer term goals
Still Feeling Overwhelmed? Hire Someone To Help
Everyone has a mentor, regardless of how successful they are.
Oprah mentors Linsey Lohan, Jurgen Klinsmann is the manager of Team USA, and Richard Branson has a whole team behind him.
One way to get the focus that you require, is to hire someone to help you out. This might be someone who doesn’t mentor you, but supports you instead.
Maybe you can hire a virtual assistant once a week to help you with your admin duties, blog posts or emails coming through to your inbox.
If you feel like your not working on the right things within your business, you need someone else to help you out.
This can help you regain your focus, and help transform your business.
You need to concentrate on the things which you’re great at, and get someone else to do the things which you can’t do, or don’t like doing yourself.
How Do You Regain Your Focus?
If you’re focused, it allows you to get things done, and makes you feel like you’re in control.
Not being in control is one of the worst feelings to have, as it seems like everything is passing you by.
This is why it’s so important to embrace these tips and tricks which I’ve shared with you today, and let them help you.
To be a top entrepreneur, own a great business, or be a fantastic freelancer, you need to have a fantastic focus, and be as narrow minded as possible to get things done.
The more focused you are with your business, the more successful you’ll be.
How do you regain your focus?
Comments are more than welcome!
Summary Of Points
- Clear your space and focus on the task at hand. This may be turning off your internet, putting your phone on silent, and telling your family to not interupt
- Create time pressures for yourself; if you tell yourself that you HAVE to get a task done by a particular time, you normally do
- Do the things that actually need completing, focus on the essential tasks first, then the mediocre tasks, ending with the ‘filler’s by the end
- Have goals so you have something to work towards, as goals helps you remain focused
- If you still feel like you’re swamped and can’t gain focus, you need someone to help you. Hire someone to do the things which you find hard or don’t like doing, so you can focus on the important things within your business
Many thanks for listening to me today, be sure to comment below if you have any questions that you would like to ask me on this topic, I’ll love to hear from you. You can also check out me on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. Thanks again, and have a great day!