10 Simple Techniques To Recapture Your Business Focus
Are you experiencing a lack of time and over-scheduling in your business? These are roadblocks to focus and progress that can be overcome with the right techniques. Whether you are writing a new book, working on your brand marketing or planning to become a professional speaker in your field, having the right mindset and discipline is critical to reaching your goals more effectively.
“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.” — Zig Zigler
Recapture Your Business Focus
Like most people, you may find it difficult to balance all the tasks that demand your attention. You may even find yourself saying, “If I just had more hours in the day!”
The next time your confidence takes a hit or your urgent to-do list is growing, try a few of these simple tips,to aid your business focus. They’re adapted from the book, Recharge in Minutes by Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.:
1 – Breathing Exercises
Here’s a great way to refresh and stay focused on your workday. Sit quietly, inhale to the count of six as if filling a balloon just above your waist and then slowly exhale, feeling your balloon deflate and any tension subside. Repeat this 3 to 6 times. This adds more oxygen to your brain, which provides more clarity.
2 – Find an Accountability Partner
List six things you’ve been “meaning” to do. This will help you discover what is taking up your time the most. Provide this information to a trusted friend or colleague who can remind you to stay on track. As you value yourself you will find that time is no longer slipping away.
3 – Be Honest About Mistakes
We all make mistakes and can over-commit to projects. The best way out of this is to admit it — learn how to say yes to the right things and no to what may not be a good fit for your schedule. You will find that people will respect you when you are able to be honest, and most will work with you as a result.
4 – Stay Active Throughout the Day
If your mind is in overdrive, give it a rest and let your feet take over for 5 minutes. Run up and down stairs. Go for a short walk. Whatever works for you — just do it! If your work does not involve a lot of physical activity this is especially important for your health and energy levels.
5 – Give Yourself Permission to Unplug
In our society, it seems that most people are either on their mobile devices or computers. It’s important to separate yourself from the constant distractions. Turn on voice mail, turn off the devices and go to a quiet place. If you’re not able to do this there are plenty of mobile apps available that play realistic sounds that are perfect for meditation. Take ten minutes of your day to do this.
6 – Find Manageable Solutions
When life brings the unexpected, it’s easy to get caught up in blaming others or situations. The problem is that until you focus on what you can do, you’ll experience the stress of low control. Look for a way out with a manageable solution that works for everyone.
7 – Keep Going on the Difficult Days
What we think influences how we feel, and how we feel influences how we act. When you suffer a blow, bounce back with the encouraging words you’d offer a friend. Recite a favorite prayer, read an inspiring quote, or just repeat silently, “I can handle this” or “The Universe conspires on my behalf.”
8 – Keep Your Dreams Alive
Where do you see yourself two years from now? Imagine where you’re living, what you’re doing, who brings you joy, and how you are making a difference. Dare to dream, and write it down. Some like to create a vision board while others will use platforms like Pinterest or Trello to create dream boards. Find what works for you and visit this each week.
9 – Complaining is a Dead End
When you complain, you drain your brain of any productivity or creative thought processes. Turn every gripe into a question that gets you fired up in search of a solution. For example, “I’m out of luck” changes to, “How can I turn this to my advantage?” or “What can I learn from this?” or “Who could help me with this challenge?”
10 – Give Yourself a Pat on the Back
When you’ve had successes celebrate these. Meet up with a friend, make a reservation at a favorite restaurant, study a picture of a loved one, or just take a walk in nature. Just be sure to reward yourself for those moments that you see your business moving forward.
AFFIRMATION: Today I will take a moment for myself because I know that I Can.
The only thing standing between you and the life you’ve always imagined is yourself. Once you recognize the issues that are holding you back, you can address them, one at a time. It is not always easy, but taking these steps can be life-changing – if you are willing to do the work.
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