One of the biggest reasons some people succeed in their business while others fail is simply execution. Successful people know how to focus, execute and keep moving forward. They are able to prioritize and execute their tasks every single day. Luckily, focusing and execution are not an elusive skill. Anyone can increase their ability to focus and execute well with practice. Try out these six tips for focusing better and increasing your productivity.
Quality over quantity
The object of the day is not always to accomplish everything possible. Instead, try focusing on completing the most important tasks. Choose 2-3 priorities for your day and accomplish them first thing. We are generally more creative in the morning so don’t waste those creative hours of the day responding to emails or checking your social media accounts. Complete your most important tasks first and do not move on until they are done. That may mean you are only doing a few things a day but if they are the most valuable things you could be doing to grow your business, you will have had a successful and productive day.
Batch Your Tasks
Batching can be a great way to accomplish more! Our brains aren’t meant to be switching focus every few minutes and the easiest way to get into a groove and stay in it is to do specific tasks all at once. For example, you can batch all of your blogs for the month in one day or schedule all of your social media posts. Your brain will focus more on one specific task and the longer you do it for, the more your brain gets accustomed to it and increase its energy and focus on it.
Research has taught us that we are not made to multi-task. Our brains actually only have a finite amount of attention and productivity. When you move back and forth you are not saving yourself attention and focus, you are actually wasting it because our brain has to constantly adjust to the new task, which tires it out faster. So limit your distractions. Turn off your phone, cut down on having ten browsers open and commit to completing one task at a time.
Create a workspace
I know, it can be so tempting to work from bed or the couch but it’s not completely conducive to focusing. Dedicate one space in your home to be your workspace. Leave your computer there. Don’t sit there unless you are working. You will start training your brain and your body to focus better when it’s time to work. Additionally this will help you relax more when you are not working. Your brain will slow down and associate a place just with relaxation when you’re not working all over the house.
Eat the right foods
Your diet effects your brain in huge ways. A healthy diet and the right combination of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat will keep your energy up and improve your focus. Avocados, leafy greens, berries (especially blueberries), nuts, green tea, and fishes, like salmon can help improve your focus. Also drink tons of water to help keep your energy up.
Taking breaks and rewarding yourself is one of the best ways to keep your productivity levels high. We’re not machines and while we are all capable of focusing, it’s not likely you can do it for 8-9 hours a day without your brain taking some breaks. Rewarding yourself with longer breaks or an activity that will increase energy can help motivate you to get more done.
As you can see, the key to productivity and focus often seems a little backward because if you want to get more done, you might need to focus on less. But the more you practice it, the more you will be able to see an increase in your workflow, your focus and your productivity.