First things first, it’s important to get clear on what you’re trying to accomplish. Whether it’s for the day, month, year, or entirety of your business. It can be easy to say you’re going to write 5 blog posts today, but then quickly get overwhelmed because you have no idea the topics for the posts or the structure or what to spend your time researching for the posts. The same goes for what you need to do for the day. Are you being specific enough? Or are you just planning on writing content for your website? How about deciding to write content for your about page, then your services, etc. If your goals are too broad, they can keep you from ever reaching them. However, if your goals are specific and clear, you have something to focus on and complete.
2 | Eliminate distractions
Distractions can come in many forms: watching television (or putting it on in the background just for the noise… yup, done that), having multiple tabs open on your computer, checking your social media accounts, etc. This list could really go on forever. Do your absolute best to pick one task, project, goal, to focus on and eliminate whatever else will keep you from getting that done.
3 | Stop trying to multitask/multi-think
This post is all about focusing, so that’s what you need to train yourself to do. Focus! This means that you need to stop trying to multitask. And what I mean by that, is stop trying to read emails, while writing a blog post, while thinking about how to respond to your client, while figuring out what you’re going to eat for dinner. While I’m very guilty of this, it’s never served me well. In fact, I would just stress myself out more and then not want to do any of it. That’s why focusing is so important. Now, it also doesn’t mean that you won’t get all of those things done, but rather you’re putting your energy behind one task at a time. It actually helps because in my experience, I end up completing more tasks and am able to provide better quality than if I was all over the place.
Now it’s your turn! What helps you focus and stay focused?