Motivation to Stay Focused

Motivation to stay focused is hard to come by when there are so many things that demand our attention.

Overwhelm by too many ideas or projects is not healthy and can lead to doing very little or to doing too many things at once.  Obviously it doesn’t do our business any good to do nothing, but when we try doing too much, we may fall prey to not paying enough attention to the most important thing at hand and make careless mistakes decreasing productivity.  Here are 5 tips that will help you keep centered:

Create a Business Plan
If you don’t already have one, it is crucial to begin putting one together.  A business plan is a summary of how your business will be organized and a list of activities that the you need to complete. It will include everything from how you expect to make a profit to the type of marketing you intend to do. It is map to help you get from point A to B, and so on and is your key to increased success and focus.

Set Goals, and Write Them Down
By setting goals, you are defining the direction in which you want to take your business. By writing them down, you are making them more concrete and maximizing the likelihood that you will stay motivated in carrying them out.

Prioritize Your Tasks
Write a to-do list, then prioritize your tasks according to what is most important or by when they need to be accomplished. Use a colored pen or highlighter to mark the things that need to be done ASAP.  By using this method your eyes will be drawn to the items that need the most attention first.

Stay Away From Distractions
It is easy to lose track of time when reading email, Facebook, or other things online that distract you.  Try to limit your internet during work hours for tasks specific to work.  If you have to, set a timer for a reasonable amount of time a couple times a day to check and take care of important email.  But by all means, wait until your breaks or lunch time to read the things not pertinent to your priority list.

Outsource When Possible
When looking over your to-do list, are there projects or tasks that can be handled by someone else? By delegating tasks to others, you will have more free time to work on things that require your attention.

By utilizing these simple methods, you will increase your motivation to stay focused, increase your productivity, and achieve much more success!  Tell us what methods do you use to stay focused in the comment section below.

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