Everyone gets distracted from time to time. For those running small and brick-and-mortar businesses, distractions are not only more frequent but also more detrimental to success. Staying focused is a key tool every small-business owner should have in their toolbox.
Let’s explore ways to master your ability to focus daily…
Breaking Down Tasks
There are many reasons to break tasks down into steps. Many people simply find it helpful to break down the workload into digestible chunks. This allows you to focus on one task — and one task only — at a time. You’ll get more done by arranging your day’s work sequentially than by trying to do everything simultaneously.
You can also break down tasks that would normally take a long time into smaller, more easily-manageable nuggets.
Learn to Put Your Phone Away
Many entrepreneurs find it beneficial to take time away from devices and screens. Some elect not to check their email more than once an hour, while others simply dedicate a specific time of the day to respond to emails.
Others take the more drastic measure of outright deleting the email app from their phone to minimize distractions.
Get Some Exercise
Medical scientists say that exercise helps improve and maintain memory and concentration, and many entrepreneurs concur that going outside and staying active helps them retain their focus.
Many entrepreneurs find that they come back to their work with more clarity and focus after having exercised, or even simply after taking some time for themselves.
One Step At a Time
As a small-business owner, it’s important to stay focused on both the big picture and on the smaller tasks in front of you every day. In both cases, avoiding multitasking is key. Do everything one step at a time, delegate or postpone distractions to a more convenient time, and stay on top of your own physical well-being.