Here are four steps you can use to improve your focus.
- Set a clear vision. Know what results you want from your business. How do you want it to look in 1 year, 5 years, or 10 years? (See Simplified Business Plans for the Real World for some ideas.)
- Decide which tasks are important income producers. What do you do in your business that uses your unique talents? These are the ones for you to keep and focus on. (See Focus on your IPAs: Income Producing Activities.)
- Delegate some of the other tasks. If you have other people in your business, start letting them take on more of the “other” tasks. If you are the only one in the business, start being creative in your delegating. (See 10 Ways to Delegate Without Hiring Staff.)
- Stop doing some tasks. Make some careful choices. Ask, “what would happen if I just didn’t do this?” Think through the consequences, and give up some things. (See Getting Things Done.)
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