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Question: How Can I Best Focus on Important Work?
I feel like my days are going by in a blur. How can I make sure I am focusing on the right things and have something to show for all my hard work?
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Answer: Designate Time Blocks for Specific Tasks
A business struggle that I’ve been dealing with recently is maintaining focus. As so many entrepreneurs do, I have what feels like a never-ending stream of new ideas and projects I feel compelled to explore. The issue comes when I sit down at my desk at 8 am, seemingly blink — and the clock says it’s 4:00 p.m. and the day is done. I look back on those hours and wonder what solid piece of work was I able to accomplish. It can feel very disheartening when entire days, weeks, and months feel like they slipped by without anything concrete to show for it.
One way I’ve devised to overcome this obstacle is by assigning one exclusive thing to focus on for each day of the week. For example, Mondays and Tuesdays are for client calls, Wednesdays are for writing and press, Thursdays are for outside projects, and Fridays are for self-care and follow-ups. By compartmentalizing my work, I’ve given myself permission to not focus on certain things, unless it’s the assigned day for that project.
My clients often struggle with focusing as well, and I recommend they block out days for certain tasks as well as looking at each opportunity through the lens of “Will this help me get to my main goal of (fill in the blank)?” If the answer is “no,” then you should delegate the project to someone else or respectfully decline to be a participant. When our minds are scattered, the only thing we accomplish is being a master of none.