Today’s entrepreneurs wear many hats. At times, this can be overwhelming and cause you to lose focus. You may get distracted by the whirlwind of obligations and fail to tend to the things that need your attention the most.
While there’s plenty of talk about stress management, motivation, leadership, and team building, the theme of focus doesn’t get much love. Focus, however, is one of the most critical attributes of a business leader. Focus means giving your full concentration to important tasks and seeing them through to completion.
Focus is also what allows you to get work done. You cannot solve problems if you do not give them your full attention. If you can set aside the daily commotion and hone in on the task at hand, you will be more efficient.
Try the following steps for improving your focus:
Make a list and stick to it
At the end of the work day, prioritize your list for the next work day. That way you can come in guns-a-blazin’. Once your priorities are outlined, stick to them the next day. Don’t let interruptions, like email or social media, interrupt your rhythm.
If your to-do list seems overwhelming, break it down into bite-size segments. Check emails for just 15 minutes at the beginning or end of the day. Choose another chunk of time to tackle the bigger task. From 1:00 – 2:00 pm, make those calls you need to make. Set recurring times for recurring tasks to get your body and mind into a rhythm.
Take a break
Work regular break times into your schedule. Ensure part of that schedule includes getting stepping outside of your office and getting in some fresh air. If you can leave the office once or twice a day and breathe in some fresh air, you’ll be energized and have a better perspective to complete your workload.
Meditation takes practice, but it can expand your ability to focus well. Practice focusing on one thing for five minutes. Don’t let other thoughts divert your thinking processes. Once you can do this for five minutes, bump the time up 10 minutes, and so on.
No time in history have been so full of distractions. Your success depends on your ability to take control of your mind and your schedule through effective focus.