Category Archive Success Habits

3 Habits That Improve Focus

Unless you’re a Buddhist monk, you encounter distractions from time to time that minimize your effectiveness in getting your work done.

The internet is especially disrupting with email, messages, status updates, and more. But distractions also include family and our own wandering minds.

The big question becomes ‘how can you defeat this tendency?’.

 

The following strategies can absolutely help you become more efficient and effective:

 

1. Use time limits.

When we set a time limit, we improve our ability to focus. It almost becomes a game of ‘beat the clock’. I would suggest you use a timer and limit your work periods to around 25 or 45 minutes – with a 5-15 minute break in between tasks. If a task is going to take longer than 45 minutes, you can continue with it at a different moment by creating what I call a new ‘time slot’.

  • Having a time limit also forces you to do the most important parts of any work. If you only have 25 or 45 minutes, you’re going to have to decide what’s most important. This is much better than deciding to simply work on something until it’s done. Decide how long it should take, and then set the timer.
  • If you have any sort of attention challenge, using a timer can increase your ability to keep your mind on the task at hand. The time flies by, and you’ll get more done. You’re likely to even find it relaxing, since you’ll be focused on what you’re doing instead of thinking about 20 other things.

Research has shown that the most productive schedule for most people is: 50 minutes of work, 10 minute break, 50 more minutes of work, 30 minute break (this is a good time to get up, walk around, and get a drink) and repeat..

Time your breaks: If you decide to check your email or do one of those other tasks that seem to magically go from 5 minutes to 30 minutes or more, using a timer will serve as a reminder. It will also force you to only check on the most important things.

 

2. Close everything that can be closed.

Everything on your computer that isn’t necessary for the task at hand should be closed down. If you don’t need the internet, shut it off. That includes all your email, notifications, games, and blogs. Close your door and unplug the phone, if possible.

  • Nothing is going anywhere – it will all still be there when you’re done. One of the keys to being more effective is eliminating the things that make us less effective.

 

3. Insert a pause, as needed.

When you first implement these habits, there will be times that you will have an incredible urge to check your email, Facebook, or Twitter. You might even want to quickly make a phone call. I even remember times when I quickly wanted to get up to go and do the laundry or wash the dishes.

  • But before you give in to the urge, take 10 seconds and pause. Take a long, deep breath and ask yourself if you really want to waste your time on something that is meaningless (for the moment), or if you’d rather accomplish something worthwhile.

 

These easy habits, which anyone can do, can go a long way toward improving your focus and effectiveness at any task.

It’s likely to be challenging at first, but you can do it. You can get more done, in less time, by learning to improve your focus and avoiding the things that waste your precious time.

If you put these three habits into practice starting today, you’ll be impressed by how much more you can get done!

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5 Differences Between Successful & Unsuccessful Entrepreneurs

Have you ever wondered what makes your most successful friend so successful? What about your least successful friend? What’s their problem? What’s the difference between those that thrive and those that struggle?

There are several differences, and they’re quite obvious if one takes the time to look.

If you understand the differences, you can examine your own situation and gain insight into why you might not be as successful as you’d like to be.

 

See how successful entrepreneurs do things differently than unsuccessful entrepreneurs:
  1. Their businesses are defined by their goals. Unsuccessful entrepreneurs’s lives are defined by their fears. Most entrepreneurs run their businesses in a way that avoids their fears. Successful entrepreneurs make decisions based on accomplishing their goals, not avoiding their fears.
  2. They apply their time toward long-term objectives. Unsuccessful entrepreneurs are motivated by day-to-day concerns. The average person is only concerned with making it through the next week. Successful entrepreneurs take action each day that will provide benefits months, years, or decades in the future.
  3. They read books. Unsuccessful entrepreneurs gravitate toward TV and other non-value-added forms of entertainment. Reading the right books is one of the most effective ways of boosting your knowledge. Would you rather learn something new or waste your time?
  4. They surround themselves with the right entrepreneurs.Successful entrepreneurs spend time with others that help them to become better. This could be a mentor, someone they could potentially do business deals with, or simply someone they believe has the right connections.
  5. They have positive, effective habits.Good brushing and flossing habits lead to healthy teeth. Good exercise and diet habits lead to health and fitness. Good success habits lead to high levels of success. What do your habits lead you towards?
    As you can see, there are clear-cut differences between successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs. How many of these items can you identify with? What changes would you like to make?

    Which one you decide to be is up to you. Are you committed to progress or comfort? Do you have a plan for your time that maximizes your effectiveness, or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants? The choice between success and mediocrity is up to you.

If you want be make faster progress in your business and work on your mindset with my support and the support of like-minded entrepreneurs you are welcome to join my new Facebook community called MIND – Your Own Business

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You Need A Support Group

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)

There is so much wisdom in this verse because truth is, you can’t do it alone… No successful entrepreneur ever got anything extraordinary done without the talent and support of others. We need others and they need us.

Going for your calling and becoming successful means facing unique challenges and working on the things you struggle with. This shouldn’t be a journey you constantly walk all by yourself.

No matter if you struggle with fear, low self-confidence, lack of self-discipline, self-doubt or procrastination, it is nothing that can’t be overcome- especially when you’re surrounded by positive and supportive people who can walk through your triumphs and struggles with you. This will not only give you the encouragement you need throughout the day, but it will also help you to stay engaged in your work and motivate you to succeed.

When you are surrounded by people who support you, you’ll be more likely to reach your God-inspired goals and walk in your calling with more confidence. You may also find that you can go farther than you ever thought possible on your own!

How are you using your talents to support others? How are the talents and supports of others helping you? In other words, are you in a Mastermind group?

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