Via Forbes : You became an entrepreneur because your mind works differently than most people’s. Instead of doing what’s always been done, you think about new ways of doing things.
With so many ideas, however, sometimes the outcome is that you can’t always stay focused long enough on a single one.
You’re not alone; many entrepreneurs have this problem at some point in their careers. The good news is that there are ways to hone your attention that will increase your productivity levels. Below, 12 members of Forbes Coaches Council offer their suggestions:
1. You’re An Entrepreneur: Of Course You’re Not Focused!
Moving from project to project is what entrepreneurs like to do. However, successful entrepreneurs make sure they complete one project before moving to the next, or have clear swim lanes between multiple projects. The key from moving from wantreprenuer to entrepreneur is actually having a successful business, which means getting something done. Focus is part of the maturing process of an entrepreneur. – Larry Boyer, Success Rockets LLC
2. Train Yourself To Focus
What if you could train yourself to focus? Simply begin by working with a timer. Set the timer for 20 minutes, and during that 20 minutes stay focused on the task at hand. Don’t allow yourself to check email, social media or texts. Remind yourself that it’s only 20 minutes. After a week of 20-minute sessions, move up to 30-minute sessions. Before you know it you won’t even need the timer. – Michele Scism, Decisive Minds, LLC
3. Put It In The Parking Lot
Keep a flip chart on the wall with “PARKING LOT” in big bold letters at the top. Or, start a similar file in Trello or Evernote. When you have (yet another) great idea for (yet another) way to grow your business — park it there. Once a quarter, check the Lot, set aside a ”business planning day” (BPD), and choose your focus for the next 90 days only. You’ll be amazed at what you can do. – Wendy Pitts Reeves, C2C Consulting, PLLC
4. Focus Isn’t The Problem
If you’re having trouble staying focused, then focus isn’t your problem. Trouble focusing is caused by one of two factors: Your fears are getting the best of you or you aren’t passionate about your project or goal. To improve your focus, step back and ask yourself, “Why am I doing what I am doing?” Then develop a plan to tackle your fears. Once done, your focus will improve. – Brett Baughman, The Brett Baughman Companies, Inc.
5. Reevaluate Your Commitments
Focus isn’t the problem, it’s your commitment or lack thereof. Commitment is not what you say it is; it’s what you show. The best way to demonstrate your commitment to something is by saying no to something else. Practice by identifying what you are committed to. Then list what gets in the way. Stay focused by saying no to everything on that list as it comes up. – Rey Castellanos, Feed Your Wolf
6. Stop Trying To Multitask
You have a lot to do as an entrepreneur. Trying to do it all and then multitasking is killing your productivity. Decide what you need to do and then schedule it. Honor your schedule. And if you are someone who has challenges, do it in small bite-sized chunks of time. – Janet Zaretsky, The Zenith Business
7. Take Breaks
If you’re having trouble staying focused, it could mean that you need time to reset. Often we look for distractions when we’re starting to burn out. So instead of taking a half-break with email or Facebook FB +0.41%, try making a clean cut by disconnecting completely until you are back to 100%. This can also happen on a larger scale with projects and even businesses that you need to step back from. – Greg Faxon, Greg Faxon Enterprises, LLC
8. Pick Two Areas To Focus On
My company grew 250% after following the advice of picking two major business areas and eliminating all of the rest, no matter how attractive they might have seemed. Entrepreneurs commonly have shiny object syndrome, which prevents any one project from reaching its full potential because you are overstretched with too many areas. Pick two and take massive action. – Justin Sachs, Motivational Press
Inability to focus on a task may be a sign you aren’t the best person to do that work. Instead of trying to force yourself to do things you dislike and don’t do well, consider delegating that work. You’ll be happier and more productive, and get a much higher ROI on your time when you aren’t wasting energy on work someone else could do better. – Shauna C. Bryce, Bryce Legal Career Counsel
10. Get Yourself A Boss
The best part of being an entrepreneur is you are your own boss. The worst part is you are your own boss. If you find yourself losing focus, it may be because you don’t have anything or anyone to tell you what to do. Outline a plan that includes goals and deadlines — and let the calendar reminders serve as your boss. Need a bigger push? Partner with a trusted colleague to hold you to tasks. – Virginia Franco, Virginia Franco Resumes
11. Get Organized, Stay On Task, And Compete Against Yourself
Spend time learning how to use a task management tool like Trello or Asana. It keeps you on task and focused on completion. Stick with doing just three things a day. You can use the Pomodoro Technique to work against yourself by turning off all distractions and putting a timer on for 20 minutes. It’s amazing how much you can get accomplished when you focus on just one thing at a time. – Terra Bohlmann, BrightBound
12. To Be Focused, Be Prepared
Most entrepreneurs have a difficult time focusing because they start their days and weeks asking themselves what their priorities are. So they start their days and weeks without any focus points. End your week with a goal for the following week, end your day with a list ready for your next day, and start each day and each week focused doing what is needed and expanding to what is possible. – Belinda MJ Brown, Equanimity Executive, LLC