06 Mar 6 Ways to Better Manage Your Focus and Improve Your Productivity
Now one of the challenges that we face as entrepreneurs is always having to be “switched on” you know, on the lookout for new opportunities, new strategies, anything that can help us to build brand awareness and generate more business.
Problem is, being switched on like that, is tiring…mentally tiring.
Your brain, just like any muscle, gets tired the more you use it.
So we have to learn how to manage our mental energy or risk burn out, performance failure and ultimately a lower level of business growth
Because when we give ourselves the space and freedom, we gain new insights and reflections .
In another article I read, they quoted a guy called Daniel Goldman, who summed it up perfectly…
“A failure to focus inward leaves you rudder-less, a failure to focus on others renders you clueless, and a failure to focus outward may leave you blindsided.”
Pretty cool huh?
So here are 6 strategies to keep you in peak mental fitness.
1-Turn off your email
Emails can sap your energy and steal your time. Who’s bene there before where you think I’ll just check my emails, and before you know it, 30 minutes have flown by…or even longer without you knowing. It’s Crazy.
I challenge you to just ignore your emails for an hour or 2…set a specific time frame, and avoid your emails, and just focus on your work….and see just how more productive you become without the distraction.
Take that a bit further and why not set a window of 2 hours every morning to go through your emails, and then again at the end of your working day.
2- Work in chunks
Chunking activities together is a much better use of your time and I technique
I use all the time is The Pomodoro technique.
Set the timer on your phone for 25 minutes. Then crack on with work, no distractions, just work flat out. After the 25 minutes is up, stop and take a 5-minute break. but no more than that. Once that’s up, you start again.
Do that cycle 3 times, and then take a longer break of 20 minutes.
This helps to concentrate your mental output in shorter more energetic bursts, with more periods of rest for your brain to relax, recover and refuel.
3- Silence your phone
In the same boat as email, your phone can rob you of so much time. I’d hate to imagine how much time we haemorrhage every day staring at our phones, check emails, and checking social media.
Switch the thing off or put it on silent whilst you’re doing your bursts of work
Trust me, this will make a massive difference…and do you know what, we’ve become dependent on our phones, we feel naked without them, we feel lost and more importantly, we “believe” we’re going to miss something valuable or important. In reality, ask yourself, how likely is that really?
4- Be Systematic
An important trait in any entrepreneur is consistency. If you want to be the best, if you want to be successful, then you need to have strict focus and consistent effort.
This will only come from carving out a way of working that you follow and repeat over and over again, until it becomes hardwired in you.
5-Watch out for the stress monkey
Stress is never far from claiming its next victim.If you finding yourself becoming increasingly short fused, irritable, frustrated, losing sleep and not eating, then the, chances are you’re stressed.
When you notice this, you need to take it as a sign that it’s time to step back and reassess your current life demands, the balance in your life needs addressing, what can you cut back on, what can you outsource or delegate, do you need to relax with friends and family more…or do you just need to talk to someone about what’s on your mind, or how you’re feeling
Exercise in any shape or form is vital. Taking regular breaks throughout the day or simply just getting out for a 20 minute or hour long walk helps recharge not only your brain but also your physical and emotional capacities that allow you to keep focusing.
Remember that being an entrepreneur is a long-term lifestyle choice. But taking care of yourself every day determines how effective you’ll be over that journey.