Where are you now in your business? What point are you at? When figuring this out, the first things you need to check on are:
- Has your business grown from last year or when it was started?
- How has your business changed? How much has it changed?
- Did it grow as anticipated, or would you like to have done something different to get a better outcome?
If you feel like you need to do something different with your business this year, the best thing you can do for yourself is to cut all distractions out of your life.
As an entrepreneur, I have learned a lot about hindrances in my work. The most important among them is distraction. I’m not saying that as an entrepreneur, I don’t make mistakes. Every one of us wastes time doing something which doesn’t matter much.
The internet is your worst enemy and greatest ally. There’s lots of information and content flying around, but if you know how to navigate it, the whole world becomes your oyster. The unfortunate thing is that there are lots of distractions on the internet that promise wealth, more customers and growth, but they can actually ruin your business.
Don’t let the internet do this to you. One of the biggest challenges you will face is making sure you are consistently getting high leverage work done instead of simply reacting to things. When you are doing high leverage activities, cut off the internet and try to get away from the distraction when and where it isn’t necessary.
At the beginning of each and every day, plan out everything you are going to do. Assign one hour for each task; when you know exactly what you are supposed to be doing, it’s much easier to stay on track. Time blocking can help tremendously.
Also, don’t try to multitask – multitasking is a myth. You’re actually less productive with your time when you try to do three different things at once. You end up getting nothing done, and you’re left with a bunch of unfinished projects. Devote your time to one task, and one task only in order to be at your most efficient.
Dedicate one block of time to stuff you like to do, such as Facebook, emails, skype, etc., so that they don’t take over your time and put you into a cage. They are monsters in disguise, capable of getting out of their cage.
Recently, I had planned a weekend to come up with a new strategy for marketing and post a vlog onto my website. The weekend arrived, I woke up, and everything started off fine. I was working on my new strategy, and I even created a new event setup to promote an event using a different portal. I divided my time into three different subtasks and started doing each of them on at a time.
Later on, after I gave myself a break, I started working on my vlog about how to set up a website, design it, and so on. At the end of the day, I felt extremely productive. I was able to stay focused and complete the tasks I had given myself. We entrepreneurs may not be able to work this way all of the time, but when it comes to the big tasks, you have to put everything you’ve got into it! Cut out the distractions, and you’ll get to where you want to be in your business.