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How to get your focus back

by Alison Bradford

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It’s easier than ever to get distracted and lose your focus.

From your inbox to social media, online ‘research’ to your smart-phone being your constant companion. Oooh hang on a mo, that looks interesting on Facebook…..

…now where was I? Oh yes, focus.

If you feel your focus has gone missing in action and you’re struggling to get it back, here are 3 strategies for finding it and keeping it.

1. Take time to reflect and review

Just taking a few minutes at the start and end of each day can work wonders for keeping hold of that darn focus.

Each day, when you sit down (or stand up) to start work, take a couple minutes to list the 3 most important things you need to achieve that day, rather than plunging straight in. Trust me, this alone is fab for focus and you will feel great when you’ve achieved your 3 most important things.

If you get round to anything else, that’s a bonus!

Then, at the end of each working day, take a couple of minutes to plan your next day. What do you need to achieve? What resources will you need available? Is your workspace clear of clutter?

This will mean that you can hit the ground running and not waste time getting organised (or distracted!) the next day.

2. Take a break from technology

No email, no smart-phone, no tv, no social media.

Gulp. Does this fill you with dread? Make you feel a bit shaky even?

It’s only for a short time – I promise. Then you can get them back.

As much as technology is essential for running your business, sometimes it also becomes a distraction and you just need a teensy little break from it.

A whole day would be fantastic but if you can only manage a couple of hours, do a couple of hours.

Instead of using technology, I want you to get creative in this time.

Write, draw, doodle, get out the scissors and glue if you want to.

Just allow yourself to be creative without using technology for a short time and see where you go.

Maybe you want to work on your business vision. Maybe you want to explore some new products. Or perhaps you want to just free up your mind and see what new ideas emerge.

When you finish, you’ll feel more energised as well as more focused on what you need to be doing.

Creativity is essential in running your own business but too often we deny ourselves this time – not seeing it as ‘proper’ work. Nonsense!

To keep your focus you have to allow some time to do stuff that gives you energy.

3. Create habits to support you

Topping your energy up is essential for you to hold onto that focus, and a great way to do that is to start some new daily habits.

Which new habits do you need to start to keep hold of your focus?

They needn’t take up a lot of time. Pick 3 things that you can easily slot into your day and commit to doing them each day until they become a habit that you no longer think about.

Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  • Read a book
  • Meditate
  • Go for walk
  • Have a stretch
  • Do some exercise
  • Have a dance
  • Listen to some music
  • Have a healthy breakfast
  • Give some positive feedback to someone
  • Call someone

What are you going to commit to as a new daily habit to help you stay focused each day? Leave me a comment to let me know.

If this has been useful to you, you can also get my weekly Rock Your Biz tips, helping Solo Entrepreneurs to be more productive and profitable, here

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Alison Bradford

Alison Bradford is a business coach who works with smart, ambitious business owners to get clarity about how they can grow their business and increase profit. Sign up here to learn 6 easy ways you can boost profit in your business today.

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