In a recent survey that I conducted among solopreneurs and small business owners, the following two statements were most frequently cited as the cause of poor productivity:
"I'm always reacting to things - I can't seem to create or stick to a plan."
"I can't get any real work done because I'm caught up in email or social media."
For both statements above, one could substitute the sentence:
"I'm easily/frequently distracted and am frustrated by my lack of progress because of it."
Does this describe you? If so, keep reading. I have a five-step system that will help you break through this pattern and skyrocket your productivity!
There are many reasons that we can be distracted -- we are information/communication "junkies" and can't resist the temptation to receive and process the latest message or news byte that comes our way, we aren't well organized, we're tired and don't have the "bandwidth" to keep our attention trained on what we need to do...
Distractions are the nemesis of focus, and focus is what we need to consistently and effectively complete tasks and projects so that we can achieve our goals. Think of focus like a muscle -- if we don't use it, it withers away!
We need to prepare the mind for focusing, just as we need to prepare the body for physical exercise. Here's how:
- Consult your plan (a.k.a. your to-do list) for the day. The knowledge that you have already given consideration to what is important on this day is reassuring. It will give you a feeling of control and will help you to relax prior to tackling the task at hand.
Follow this routine every time you need to concentrate on a specific activity in your business. It should take you no more than 10 minutes at first and no more than 5 minutes with practice.
Then get to work!
*The Golden Minute™ will show you just how malleable time is and the power that you have in how you use it. This exercise will help you build your "focus muscle" quickly and easily, beginning with just one minute a day. While not critical to the 5-step plan outlined above, it is an essential part of a developing a deep understanding of how you use your time to achieve the success that you seek in business and every other aspect of your life! For more information, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.