Staying focused can be challenging, especially if you have a million things on your plate. This can be a struggle for ALL women: entrepreneurs, side hustlers, Moms, and even college students who work or do a sport. I am the worst at multi-tasking; if you start talking to me while I am in the middle of doing something, I literally won’t hear a single word that you are saying. It’s like I’m blacked out! Does this happen to anyone else?
I own my own business, work from home, and manage a team remotely, so staying focused is important for my sanity so that I don’t end up working 80+ hours a week (like I did for the first year of running Style Collective). I also need to set a good example for my team members so they can work efficiently and effectively.
Tips for Staying Focused
1. Make a List! I live and die by lists, it feels so good to turn off notifications, shut down email, and just plow through my to-do list with laser focus. Studies show that people feel happier and more motivated after they’ve focused on a task for a few hours vs. trying to do 100 things at once.
2. Don’t do #allthethings. Cut out the tasks that are distracting you from reaching more significant goals. Earlier this year, I had announced consulting services, and it has been amazing working with so many women who want to make their dreams a reality. But, as Style Collective grows, I need to have laser focus. I have so many goals that I want to achieve and having consulting calls on a weekly basis has been distracting, so I am getting rid of them. I feel like I can’t get into a good flow and that my head is just all over the place. So, it was time to do an 80/20 analysis and cut out the things that were no longer serving me or my business.
3. Time block. I record podcasts on certain days, have calendar appointments open on just Wed and Fri, check emails at certain times, go on Instagram once a day at a certain time, and block time to work on tasks with no interruptions. You have to set boundaries, and you can 100% set these boundaries and make these decisions.
4. Delegate! If you can afford the resource of an extra set of hands, it will save your sanity x1000. One year ago, I was running Style Collective solo and bringing on team members has been life changing. I am able to delegate different parts of the business so that I can focus on what I am good at. Writing is not my strong suit (which is why my posts here are usually under 500 words), but I am much better at speaking and in-person interaction. So I have ownership of the podcast, Instagram Live, and in-person events while my team rocks what they are really good at!
5. Listen to a great playlist. I loveeeee zoning out to classical music while I’m working! It’s so soothing and really helps me stay calm and centered.
“Where focus goes, energy flows.” – Tony Robbins
What tips do you have to help you focus during the day?