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9 ways to stay focused for business success

business Jan 02, 2018

How often have you found your mind wandering when you’re trying to get a job done?

Maybe you’re writing a blog or an email and it occurs to you that you haven’t bought a card for a friend’s birthday, or you need to put some washing on, or book your car in for it’s MOT.

Have you ever started the week with a specific task in mind only to find yourself railroaded by events and having to prioritise more urgent, but less important tasks.

Perhaps you just find it hard to stay focused on one task, preferring the variety of lots of things going on.

I’m sure we can all agree that the ability to remain focused is a valuable tool for anyone and as a mum juggling both a family and a business, it’s an essential skill to have.

Although we may consider ourselves the gentler sex when it comes to running a business we can appreciate that success can take dogged commitment and determination. As Bruce Lee said,“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

In order to avoid being the ‘average’ woman, I would like to share with you 9 ways to increase your ability to focus, with 9 quotes to inspire you.

1. Have a clear vision. If you don’t know exactly where you are going, how can you hope to get there? The more specific your end goal is, the more quickly you will arrive.

 “Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” - Paulo Coelho.

 

2. Have a definite plan. Break down your end vision into distinct milestones and follow them like a breadcrumb trail, straight to your goal.

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”- Zig Ziglar  

 

3. Daily action steps. ‘Consistent and persistent’ are the name of the game, do something everyday (however small) to move you closer to your goal.

“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.”- Mike Hawkins

 

4. Avoid distractions. Turn off notifications, switch your phone to silent, do whatever it takes to keep you free of distractions. Once you have lost your thread of concentration it can take 20 minutes to get it back and some inspired thoughts may be lost forever.

“One look at an email can rob you of 15 minutes of focus. One call on your cell phone, one tweet, one instant message can destroy your schedule, forcing you to move meetings, or blow off really important things, like love, and friendship.”- Jacqueline Leo

 

5. Managing setbacks. Things will go wrong, but it’s how you deal with them that will determine your success. Become solutions oriented and move on. “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.”- Denis Waitley

“Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.”- Anthony J. D’Angelo

 

6. Strive for improvement (no matter how small). As they say, if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. Putting your attention on your performance will focus you on the quality of your work.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

- Will Durant

 

7. Be clutter free. It is virtually impossible to remain focus when surrounded by clutter. Energetically all the stuff around you blocks the flow of energy. If you have a lot of clutter in your workspace, find a large box, clear everything into the box and put the box out of sight.  

“Clutter causes stress, and clutter is one of the main barriers of productivity”. - Charisse Ward.

 

8. Don’t multitask. It has been scientifically proven that multitasking is not efficient, as your brain is switching back and forth from one task to the other. It can also cause you to do both, or many tasks, badly!

“My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things.”- Bill Gates

Focusing on one task at a time will also allow you to be more present and mindful of the job in hand.

“When walking, walk. When eating, eat.”- Zen proverb

 

9.Accountability. There is nothing quite so powerful as accountability for keeping you focused and on task. If you have made a commitment to someone else; your coach, partner, colleague, to do a job by a specific time, chances are you WILL get it done.

“Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result” - Bob Proctor

 

I’d like to finish with this brilliant acronym I recently discovered, which sums up the path to success, focus of course!

Follow

One

Course

Until

Successful

 

With love,

 

Founder of Mpower for mum in business, Award-winning business coach & mentor, author of The Invisible Revolution

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