Remember the four letter word “goal?” Having measurable goals help you keep on track. Losing focus is often caused by a lack of belief in a goal or simply bad habits.
Pursuing a goal without first breaking it down into manageable steps can cause your mind to meander. Before you know it, you’re checking out unrelated videos on YouTube or shopping for some new gadget.
The simplest way to handle this is to break down the goal into tasks and assign due dates to these tasks. Next, and this is a critical point, you decide to meet these tasks. It’s a personal choice whether or not you will complete goals. Sure, you’ll run into problems, but that is all part of the game. Once you’ve set your mind to accomplishing the tasks, the document due dates on your calendar or better yet in a planner.
As a solopreneur, you are in charge of yourself. That’s what you wanted – right? Now you have a schedule of tasks to accomplish whether you feel like doing them or not. Here are some tips to keep you on track.
Stop multi-tasking. Do you try to complete two or more tasks at the same time like trying to fold laundry and write an outline for your next Kindle book. You aren’t focused on either task and will do a poor job of both. Instead, block out a segment of the day to focus on the task. If you struggle with focusing for more than 20 minutes, then use 20 minute blocks of time.
Schedule in “action breaks.” Take short breaks every two hours and try walking or exercising. If you do better with a longer break then take 30 minutes out for a mini-workout or walk. If you walk, this is a great time to pack along your MP3 player and listen to some motivational audio books.
Consistently accomplishing small tasks, on time, will strengthen your self-belief and fire up your entrepreneurial engine.
Reward. Don’t forget to reward yourself for sticking with your daily routines and tasks.