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Lead Funding CEO Victor Mitchell: 10 Focus Tips For Entrepreneurs

Originally posted on patch.com

Maintaining focus sometimes seems impossible when you're an entrepreneur. You probably have countless things to juggle in a short period and staying on task is challenging on a small scale, not to mention when actualizing the big picture. Nonetheless, it's necessary to tackle all these tasks for you and your company to not only survive, but also to thrive. Here are 10 ways you can keep your eyes on the prize.

 

1. Keep the Workspace Organized 
The cluttered desk or room is an oft-misunderstood cliché. Most of the time, there is a method to the madness; to the user, everything is where it should be. However, for most people, there is no such thing as organized chaos. It's just a mess, and that mess will affect your productivity. Instead of moving swiftly from one task to the next, you waste time looking for documents or clearing space. Keep things organized, and your focus, as well as your productivity, will soar.

 

2. Start with the Worst Thing First 
Putting off a hard or unpleasant task until the end of your day is tempting, but you must resist the temptation. If you leave something you dislike for the end, it'll hang over your head like a cloud. When you get it out of the way immediately, your mind is free to focus on the rest of your day.

 

3. Break Down Daily Goals into Small Tasks 
Big goals are admirable, but they're also intimidating. Breaking them down into smaller sub-goals makes them not only more achievable but also easier to mentally process. It gives you plenty of opportunities for small rewards as you tick each box, which can keep your morale and focus on-point.

 

4. Fit Short Breaks into Your Day People aren't meant to work for extremely long periods without breaks. Stay on task long enough, and your focus will inevitably break. The good news is you can take a quick break now and then to recharge your focus. One helpful approach is the Pomodoro Method, which suggests alternating 20-minute work periods with five-minute breaks.

 

5. Have a Lot of Light Meals 
The traditional meal structure for many people is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, this can leave you with moments when your hunger steals valuable attention away from your work. The solution is simple. Eating frequent, light meals throughout the day will regulate your energy levels and, as a bonus, synergize with your need for short breaks.

 

6. Keep Your To-Do Lists Short 
As an entrepreneur, you have a million things vying for your attention. However, if you look closely enough, you'll see that you can ignore or delegate many of them. Only the handful of tasks genuinely critical to moving your company forward deserve a spot on your to-do list.

 

7. Remove Distractions 
Any distraction -- even a quick beep from your phone -- can jar you out of the flow state and steer you away from maximum productivity. Get rid of distractions whenever you can. Shut down all social media apps that aren't urgent and turn off push notifications unless you're waiting on something relevant to your current task. That will let you dedicate all your energy to what's directly in front of you, whether it's a spreadsheet or a critical meeting.

 

8. Celebrate All Victories 
Nothing encourages focus like a reward for each success. Whenever you get something done, no matter how small, give yourself a treat. Even a piece of chocolate can reinforce the idea that victory is worth it. Just make sure that your reward is proportional to the impact the success has on the company. If you got the spreadsheets done, have something you enjoy. Did you get a major client? Go out and celebrate at a restaurant or bar.

 

9. Take Time to Unplug 
Focus isn't just about what you're doing at the moment (although a lot of what you do as an entrepreneur will revolve around that). It also relies on what you do to recover from the stress of entrepreneurship. Every few weeks or so, take some time away from everything related to work. Unplug, so you're not tempted to check email or messages. Spend some time with yourself.

 

10. Keep Moving 
With so much on your plate, it might be tempting to sit down all day. While taking an occasional break is wise and recommended, doing nothing when you should be on the job can be devastating to your overall performance. When you waste time, lethargy can seep into the rest of your day. Do something, even if you don't feel like it.

 

Consistent productivity is a vital part of succeeding as an entrepreneur, and that involves keeping your eyes on the prize. Rarely, if ever, will anything slip through the cracks if you stay focused. Fail to do so, and you'll find your efforts fizzling out

 

About Victor Mitchell:
A serial entrepreneur, Victor Mitchell has successfully founded, acquired, and/or turned around numerous diverse business ventures over the past 30 years. His ventures include interests in finance, transportation, communications, technology, building supplies, real estate development and brokerage services.
Victor Mitchell is the founder and CEO of Lead Funding, a specialty lending organization that provides innovative private financing solutions for homebuilders and developers, reducing their red tape and speeding up loan decisions.

 

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Maintaining focus sometimes seems impossible when you're an entrepreneur. You probably have countless things to juggle in a short period and staying on task is challenging on a small scale, not to mention when actualizing the big picture. Nonetheless, it's necessary to tackle all these tasks for you and your company to not only survive, but also to thrive. Here are 10 ways you can keep your eyes on the prize.

1. Keep the Workspace Organized 
The cluttered desk or room is an oft-misunderstood cliché. Most of the time, there is a method to the madness; to the user, everything is where it should be. However, for most people, there is no such thing as organized chaos. It's just a mess, and that mess will affect your productivity. Instead of moving swiftly from one task to the next, you waste time looking for documents or clearing space. Keep things organized, and your focus, as well as your productivity, will soar.

2. Start with the Worst Thing First 
Putting off a hard or unpleasant task until the end of your day is tempting, but you must resist the temptation. If you leave something you dislike for the end, it'll hang over your head like a cloud. When you get it out of the way immediately, your mind is free to focus on the rest of your day.

3. Break Down Daily Goals into Small Tasks 
Big goals are admirable, but they're also intimidating. Breaking them down into smaller sub-goals makes them not only more achievable but also easier to mentally process. It gives you plenty of opportunities for small rewards as you tick each box, which can keep your morale and focus on-point.

4. Fit Short Breaks into Your Day People aren't meant to work for extremely long periods without breaks. Stay on task long enough, and your focus will inevitably break. The good news is you can take a quick break now and then to recharge your focus. One helpful approach is the Pomodoro Method, which suggests alternating 20-minute work periods with five-minute breaks.

5. Have a Lot of Light Meals 
The traditional meal structure for many people is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, this can leave you with moments when your hunger steals valuable attention away from your work. The solution is simple. Eating frequent, light meals throughout the day will regulate your energy levels and, as a bonus, synergize with your need for short breaks.

6. Keep Your To-Do Lists Short 
As an entrepreneur, you have a million things vying for your attention. However, if you look closely enough, you'll see that you can ignore or delegate many of them. Only the handful of tasks genuinely critical to moving your company forward deserve a spot on your to-do list.

7. Remove Distractions 
Any distraction -- even a quick beep from your phone -- can jar you out of the flow state and steer you away from maximum productivity. Get rid of distractions whenever you can. Shut down all social media apps that aren't urgent and turn off push notifications unless you're waiting on something relevant to your current task. That will let you dedicate all your energy to what's directly in front of you, whether it's a spreadsheet or a critical meeting.

8. Celebrate All Victories 
Nothing encourages focus like a reward for each success. Whenever you get something done, no matter how small, give yourself a treat. Even a piece of chocolate can reinforce the idea that victory is worth it. Just make sure that your reward is proportional to the impact the success has on the company. If you got the spreadsheets done, have something you enjoy. Did you get a major client? Go out and celebrate at a restaurant or bar.

9. Take Time to Unplug 
Focus isn't just about what you're doing at the moment (although a lot of what you do as an entrepreneur will revolve around that). It also relies on what you do to recover from the stress of entrepreneurship. Every few weeks or so, take some time away from everything related to work. Unplug, so you're not tempted to check email or messages. Spend some time with yourself.

10. Keep Moving 
With so much on your plate, it might be tempting to sit down all day. While taking an occasional break is wise and recommended, doing nothing when you should be on the job can be devastating to your overall performance. When you waste time, lethargy can seep into the rest of your day. Do something, even if you don't feel like it.

Consistent productivity is a vital part of succeeding as an entrepreneur, and that involves keeping your eyes on the prize. Rarely, if ever, will anything slip through the cracks if you stay focused. Fail to do so, and you'll find your efforts fizzling out

About Victor Mitchell:
A serial entrepreneur, Victor Mitchell has successfully founded, acquired, and/or turned around numerous diverse business ventures over the past 30 years. His ventures include interests in finance, transportation, communications, technology, building supplies, real estate development and brokerage services.
Victor Mitchell is the founder and CEO of Lead Funding, a specialty lending organization that provides innovative private financing solutions for homebuilders and developers, reducing their red tape and speeding up loan decisions.

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