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Have a hard time focusing?
Your to-do list seems endless… But at the same time, you just can’t seem to buckle down and get to work.
Here are 4 simple strategies to improve your focus so that you can grow your business and spend more time on the things you love.
Understand your “why.”
You know, for the longest time, I had such a hard time focusing.
I just couldn’t figure it out.
Until one day, it all changed. Shifting my goal from a monetary goal to my “why” made all the difference.
What’s the “why” of your business?
A “why” is the driving force behind your business.
It isn’t the ‘what’ or the ‘how’ but the fundamental reason you work on your business.
And it’s much deeper than “taking more vacations” or “being my own boss.” Instead, your “why” is the one thing that makes you jump out of bed every day.
And why is it such a game changer for your focus?
If your biggest motivation is money (or another material goal), that’s an external goal. And external goals are not nearly as motivating as internal goals, like your personal development or the “why” of your business.
That’s why your family (instead of, say, a bigger house) can be a powerful motivator.
Whenever you feel unfocused, think about your “why.”
If you need to feel it, journal, look at a photo of your family, or write out your “why.”
Develop the Right Mindset
Second, your mindset makes a huge difference for your focus.
And I’m not just talking about things like positive thinking and affirmations.
Nope. It goes as deep as your self-belief.
You see, procrastination (what you do when you can’t focus) is a way for you to handle your emotions.
Maybe you’re working on a task that feels scary (like selling or marketing). Or boring or just plain uncomfortable.
By procrastinating, you’re giving in to quick rewards.
But to grow your business, you’ll need to get past procrastination.
And that’s where your mindset comes in.
There are a few things you can do to trick your mind into accepting the uncomfortable task you’re working on. These are:
Now that we’ve looked at the fundamentals, let’s move on to tools and tricks you can use to become more focused.
One of my favorite ways to keep me from procrastinating?
Tracking my time.
When you see black on white how much time you’ve wasted on being unfocused, it’s hard NOT to focus.
These will help you keep the urgency fresh in mind.
For example, as a freelance writer, I like to set my deadlines a few days earlier than my actual deadline.
That way, I make sure I don’t procrastinate and sending a last-minute version of my project.
To-do lists are a great way to take away any mental work needed to figure out what I should do next.
I use a combination of a notebook and project management software to list all my tasks and cross them off.
Set Up a Rewards System
The final step?
Set up a reward system for yourself.
Maybe it’s a bigger reward after hitting a new sales goal.
Or something small, like brewing yourself a cup of coffee and eating a piece of chocolate after you’ve finished a task. Or a walk while listening to that latest podcast episode.
By setting daily rewards for yourself, you could just push yourself enough to get that task done.
Plus, let’s face it:
You deserve it.
So, how will you reward yourself today?
How are you going to use these tips?
There you have it, that’s how you can improve your focus and use otherwise wasted time on building your business.
It all comes down to using these strategies consistently - and you will see results.
Camilla Hallstrom helps women who crave more freedom get started as freelance writers at Write From Anywhere. She’s been published on sites like HuffPost, Yahoo News, and more. If you want to get started freelance writing, get the free PDF "The 3-Step Plan to Earning $1000 on the Side in the Next 30 Days as a Freelance Writer (Even if You Have Zero Writing Experience)".