Just can’t stay focused? I totally get you. Being an entrepreneur can be super overwhelming, if you let it be that way.
I’ve learned some awesome strategies over the years that have helped me stay focused, and I want to share them with you today.
You’ve got dreams to catch and people to help. Let’s get to it =)
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How to Stay Focused Tip #1: Plan Out Your Week in Advance
Every Sunday I grab my trusted planner and schedule out my week.
I set specific goals for the week that will help me move forward towards my quarterly goals.
Since we are getting ready for the Infinite Growth Challenge that’s coming up, my goals for the week are to write the content for each day’s video and record the videos.
I put all of my appointments/client calls/interviews on the planner so I can see white space is left. Then I fill up that white space with time dedicated to work on that specific goal for the week.
There are also some non-negotiables that are always on the calendar, in addition to my goals.
I workout every day (will get to that later). Also, every Monday I sit down and write a blog post, and every Friday I schedule Instagram posts for the week. Every other Friday I batch 10 videos for IGTV and Youtube.
How to Stay Focused Tip #2: Do ONE Thing
Don’t keep a running to-do list. Rather, write down the ONE THING that needs to happen to help you move forward in your business.
Stop wasting time of stuff that doesn’t matter.
Could my website use some updating? Sure.
But right now, I’m focused on our upcoming challenge. That is my top priority, and I’ll put all other tasks on the ‘later’ list until the challenge is over.
Every week I have ONE thing that I’m focused on, and every day I have one specific task that I need to work on.
Don’t be a jack of all trades and master at none. Figure out the one thing that needs to happen to help you move closer to your goals, and work on that every day.
If you’re struggling with this, def pick up the book The One Thing by Gary Keller.
How to Stay Focused Tip #3: Power Hours
Set aside 1 hour of time in the morning to complete a power hour.
Set a timer, close out all browsers and stay focused for that entire hour.
I am much more productive when I work in short bursts. I can probably get more done in 4 hours than most people do in 3 full days of work.
I challenge you to star working in 45-60 minute chunks. When you sit down, only have open the one thing you’re working on.
When the timer goes off, get up. Move around, go for a walk, take a 5-15 minute break before you jump into another power hour.
Close all other browsers and turn off notifications on any nearby device. (another pro tip: don’t have notifications turned on for email/social)
When you start doing this, you’ll have much more time for play!
How to Stay Focused Tip #4: Stay Away From Facebook and Email
It’s 6:44am Monday morning as I’m writing this post. I haven’t checked social media or email yet. I won’t check it until later this afternoon when I’ve completed my one thing for the day.
This is a habit, one that when you actually stick with it, will change your life.
When you open up email or social media, all of a sudden you’re bombarded with a million things that are stealing your focus.
You are in charge. You control the day.
Be intentional and don’t open up email or social until you’ve finished your one thing.
How to Stay Focused Tip #5: Exercise Regularly
As a former athlete and fitness coach, I’d be silly not to tell you to workout daily.
Some of the world’s most successful people (Richard Branson, Tony Robbins,
Working out gives you more energy and helps you stay more productive at work.
Think you don’t have the ‘energy’ to workout? Exercise GIVES you energy. Even just 20 minutes of low-to-moderate intensity exercise (like walking) 3 times per week can reduce fatigue by 65% and increase energy levels by 20%, according to a study by the University of Georgia.
Working out daily is a habit, like anything else.
Try to do it at the same time every day and soon it’ll become as routine as brushing your teeth. Put it on your calendar and treat it like an appointment that you wouldn’t dare miss.
Need some inspiration? Here are some inspiring entrepreneurs and their fitness routines.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO: hiking, cycling
Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief at Vogue: tennis
Bill Gates, Former CEO of Microsoft: hour on the treadmill
Evan Williams, Co-founder of Twitter: works out with a personal trainer
Jack Dorsey, Co-founder and CEO of Twitter and Square: yoga, runs a 5k daily, 6 sets of 20 squats and pushups daily
Mark Zuckerburg, Co-founder of Facebook: works out with a personal trainer and does walking meetings
Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup: Spartacus workouts
Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group: tennis, bike riding, running, kitesurfing
You do have time to workout. You just need to make it a priority and stick with it.
In the video below, Marie Forleo shares her 4 tips to be more productive…and you guessed it! Exercise was one of them =)
How to Stay Focused Tip #6: Declutter
I don’t know about you, but clutter totally steals my focus. Could be clutter around the house or digital clutter.
For the house, I’ve gotten into a routine of cleaning up every morning so it never becomes unmanageable.
As for digital clutter, I’m kind of OCD about this. My email inbox is always at zero every single day.
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If you need some help, I love Matt’s youtube channel, as well as following the Minimalists. I’m an aspiring minimalist…I just need to stop buying new stuff ?
I hope these tips show you how you can stay focused in your business. If you want to work on making some of them a habit and part of your daily life, I suggest using the app Productive.
Which tip will you implement first?
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” Tony Robbins