Maintaining focus is the key to getting work done. Getting work done–and I mean actual work, is what drives results in your business. Focus is that cringeworthy word that reminds us we could all be doing better. For budding entrepreneurs especially, it’s a factor in whether you stay in the game or whether you ride the bench and watch everyone else play during the finals.
Of course we always romanticize the end goal or the result (you know, the glamorous things you’d show off on social media) that bring the notoriety to keep your business banging along. If you’re a wedding planner your big event is the wedding. If you’re a content creator, the big thing is your content going live (and actually engaging). Those are the results we see in the end, but how do you get there? You have to focus on the smaller tasks in between.
Whether you work from home, from the office, or you’re a member of the WFA (work from anywhere) crew it’s time to get focused! I’ve figured out there are 3 major points for getting the smaller tasks done to get to the bigger end goal.
Pick & Prioritize
Outlining the smaller tasks that contribute to our projects makes the boundaries clear on what we’re doing and why. Pick your tasks and prioritize them based on time sensitivity and importance. How valuable is this task in relation to the project.? If your project feels incomplete or downright “half-assed,” without this one function then it should definitely be a priority. The idea is to create quality work through strategizing and prioritizing your work.
You have to actually do the work. It’s time to press play on your actionable items and get things done. Set a deadline for each item, pace yourself and follow through. Remember its quality of quantity and done is better than perfect. If you’re pacing yourself, it’s not about how much you can get done but instead how well you can do it; but of course you won’t achieve perfection. You’ve got to know when to move on when it’s complete and proceed to the next item.
Know when it’s time to move on. Don’t get stuck in the planning, and perfecting stage. It’s okay if one or a couple of your action items need a bit of tweaking. Finding ways to improve is always good, but don’t obsess over it and stunt your productivity. This is about letting go, reflecting on what you’ve done and proceeding to the next task.
You can write down all the glamorous more attractive things you want to happen, but what gets you there is the focus on the smaller tasks in between your idea, execution and the praise-worthy results.