Is that Calendar correct? Is it really the last month of 2016?
If the end of the year has you feeling like time has gotten away from you, perhaps it’s because of distractions. Each business owner is juggling so many responsibilities, deadlines, personal chores and more. Is it any wonder that the idea of focus is a laughable matter for many of us?
Multi-tasking is getting a bad rap out there, and perhaps rightly so. Instead, let’s give that which is of the most import in our lives and our businesses the focus that they deserve.
How do you find focus? Do you turn off the cellphone and social media, lock the door and devote a couple hours to catching up on your backlog of invoicing? Or do you set smaller timers for yourself, fifteen minute or even five minute “power blasts”?
As we prepare to wrap up 2016 (and what an amazing year it has been!) and usher in 2017, let’s talk about some of the ways we can find focus:
Your Peers: nothing speaks to accountability like having people surrounding you that will tell you the truth and hold you to your promises. Choose the people that will be honest and understanding. Or, join us Wednesday afternoons for The Charette where OWNers and Members come together to really talk about the back end of running a business!
Sharing Space: it might be challenging to focus on the work at hand when we’re in our personal space. Working from home has its perks, sure – but it has its pitfalls. Sharing in one of the two available co-working spaces at The OWN allows you to set your own schedule, meet with clients but more importantly, to share a space intended for accomplishment. Your workmates get it: you’re at the office because this is where you need to find your focus. They respect that – and they share the costs. It helps to focus when you’re not worried about when that utility bill was due, or when the water delivery man is going to pop by!
Finding the Calm Within: as the days grow shorter it seems like our list of responsibilities grow longer. But take advantage of the season. When the light outside grows dim, find a place of stillness within yourself. Even if it’s just for a few moments, with meditation. Light a candle, sit in a quiet place and remind yourself of your intentions. And set some new ones for 2017. Also, don’t forget you can grab a day pass for Sol Yoga and take in a class to help ground you physically, spiritually and mentally.
Apps: We love to talk about tools for organization and there are great apps that will help you find your focus. From Trello’s visual board system, to Noisli (which gives you ambient noise while working) to Freedom (all devices) or Focus (Mac-only) which reduce digital distractions on your devices. Find the tool that helps you focus on the tasks at hand.
As the year winds down it’s not uncommon to find your focus spiraling due to the distractions and holiday responsibilities. But you and your business deserve to find a place of peace and focus. What better time than the end of the season, the time of generosity and thankfulness, to give yourself the gift of focus!
Blog written by Lisa Ann Gallagher of Evergreen Script Services