Staying focused is one of the MOST important keys for entrepreneurs to have. We, as business people, constantly face challenges, obstacles, and roadblocks that will lead us to distraction from our goals, visions, processes, and projects. We also multitask from time to time, both personally and professionally, and that gets us distracted. It takes work to stay focused. The same applies to our comfort zone; it is easier for people to stay in there than to get up and to be active, since it takes some work to be active. We often find ourselves needing to refocus our attention. These distractions can happen before, during, or after work, and can come from internal as well as external influences. Does it mean that there is something wrong with our minds? No, it is natural for our minds to drift away from our focus and end up elsewhere. After some practice and time, being focused becomes second nature.
- To have a well-defined goal
It is very important for us as entrepreneurs to see the whole picture; from an eagle’s view down to a mouse’s view. The eagle flies at a great height and has the ability to take time and oversee everything from top to bottom and from side to side before it responds. With a mouse’s view, it can only see what is in front of it and respond to immediate situations. To be a successful entrepreneur, it is significant to use both the eagle’s view and the mouse’s view for overseeing our short and long-term goals in every aspect of business. It also is critical for us to be able to adjust when adversity appears. Planning and predicting are essential to reach our goals. Without a plan, we cannot make progress. Make a plan on how to get from A to B to succeed in our goals, and make a plan and predict goals from A to Z. We must always keep our eyes on the progress toward our goals, track our progress vigorously, and modify as needed.
- To prioritize constantly and ruthlessly
- To boost productivity
- To minimize distractions
It is important for us to determine what and who distracts us and how we get distracted. For example, is it email? We can do something about that by closing our emails. When the social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook become a distraction, log out. It is not a bad thing to visit sites like Facebook or Twitter to get our social updates, but not to invest huge amounts of time on them. Write a list of all the things we need to do and prioritize these tasks to find the ones that are the most important to work on each day. If we begin to lose our focus, we can come back to our list, or put a post-it on the computer to help us stay on the track.
- To be prepared for challenges
- To refocus
No matter how many times our minds drift away to other things, it is our job to refocus every time. The human mind loves to wander and not stay on one subject for a long time. It is important for us to recognize that our minds do wander by nature and that we must practice bringing ourselves back to focus every time we find ourselves wandering off. The more we practice focusing or bringing ourselves back to a focused state, the easier it will become. It takes some time and practice.
- To reward yourself
Every now and again, we need to reward ourselves for our accomplishments on a short-term or a long-term goal. We deserve to be proud of ourselves for our achievements. Go out and celebrate with friends, treat yourself to shopping, eating a nice dinner, getting a hair cut, or riding a motorcycle. Give yourself a pat on the back for your hard work and persistence in succeeding your goals. Drop the excuses and guilt about why we cannot or do not have time for rewards. Once rewarded, we will be able to refocus more mental and physical energy on excelling in the many areas of our business. Go ahead and celebrate the triumphs, big or small. That will feed motivation, determination, and passion to move our business/entrepreneurship forward.