Focus Time

You probably already know that working from home means you get pulled in many – and I mean MANY – different directions.  Not only are you CEO of your own business (which probably means you do everything if it’s brand new and very small), but you also have all the home issues pulling at you as well.  The kids.  The pets.  The laundry.  The fridge.  (Yes, the refrigerator.  Don’t tell me you’re not tempted to go get a snack.)

So what can you do to be more productive and make better use of your time?  Plenty!

My first time-management recommendation for you is that you give yourself and your business a tiny piece of “focus time” every single work day.

While you might be a fantastic multi-tasker, try putting all those extra tasks aside as much as possible for at least a short period of time while you work on your business.  It might mean only 25 minutes, or it could mean several hours, but however long it is, turn off the phone, turn off the tv, close out your email and facebook tabs, and tell your family and pets that this is “Do Not Disturb” time.

Yes, I know.  You’re working from home so that you can give more attention to your kids.  I get it.  I really do.  But trust me on this.  Stop trying to do everything at once.  Your business – and your sanity – will thank you for it.

Just try it and see what I mean.

If you were working with dangerous equipment like this band saw, you would want to give it your wholehearted concentration. Do no less with your online business.

If you were working with dangerous equipment like this band saw, you would want to give it your wholehearted concentration.
Do no less with your online business.

Put everything else aside and focus.  Focus only on your business for this very short period of time.

Okay, decide AHEAD OF TIME what you need to accomplish during this “focus time.”  Decide how much time you will spend on it.  Set a timer.  Aaaaaaaaaaand . . . go!

Work like a banshee until the timer goes off!  Don’t think about anything else.  Don’t even get up and go to the bathroom (unless, of course, it’s really necessary).

And most of all, don’t worry about whether it’s perfect or not.  Just get it done (whatever it is you need to work on)!

Give it your wholehearted, entire focus until that timer goes off.  Then let it go.  Just let it go.  If you have to make a note of where you left off for next time, do so.  But otherwise, you’re done for that session.  Now put it out of your mind and go enjoy your kids . . . or a sandwich . . . or that bathroom break that you’ve been putting off.

“Focus time” isn’t the only time you should spend on your business.  There are other things to do too, things that don’t necessarily take as much focus.  Things that you can do while multitasking.  Do those other, easier tasks while the kids play at your feet or dinner is simmering on the stove.  But for the meat and potatoes of your business, the tasks that make or break your income, you need to focus wholeheartedly.

I can already hear you asking.  “How much focus time do I need for my business?”  Well, that depends on you.  On your situation.  How many things are tugging at you?  How much time can you afford to spend on “focus time”?  How much do you get done during each session?  Is your business growing as fast as you like?  You have to find that balance that works for you . . . for your life . . . for your income . . . for your business.

But I can tell you now that “focus time” will give you a newfound productivity that will transform your business.  Try it and see.  Let me know what you think below!

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