Life sometimes gets in the way of business. Financial difficulties, family challenges and health concerns can all distract you from your what you need to do. So how do you set your challenges and concerns aside and stay motivated and focused during difficult times?
#1: Create Goals
Goals help you stay focused and motivated. The trick during difficult times is to make sure the goals are easily attainable yet still move your business forward. For example, if you are dealing with health problems then you may prefer to break your day up into smaller segments. A goal like creating an information product or writing your content for the next month is something you can tackle in small sections of time.
However, launching a new website may not be something you want to tackle when you’re under the weather. Also, while outsourcing to contractors can definitely ease some of the burden, if you have to micromanage the contractors you’re creating too much work for yourself. Find contractors that can take the project and run with it. At the same time, choose goals that you can tackle easily in smaller segments of time.
#2 Work on What You Love
Ideally, everything you do for your business is something you love. However, many business owners still manage some tasks that are not their favorite responsibilities. When you’re dealing with a difficult time, it’s the perfect time to find someone to manage those tasks and to focus your attention on doing the tasks you love.
For example, if you love to blog and communicate with your audience, then set aside time each day to manage that responsibility. Having something to look forward to will help you get through the difficult times without your business suffering.
#3 Cut Yourself Some Slack
Seriously! If you put too much pressure on yourself to do and be a superhuman you’re going to burn out quickly. Everyone has difficult times. If you accept that you may have to cut back a bit or get help during this trial, you’ll be much more able to focus on your business when you have time to. Stress and pressure are a sure-fire way to lose focus and concentration.
#4 Change Your Schedule
Often, difficult times throw a wrench in your routine. Suddenly you’re not able to work when you normally do. This can make concentrating and focusing difficult. Instead of struggling to try to maintain the same schedule, create a new one. Adapt and be proactive. For example, a sick family member can consume your day. Instead of struggling, get up an hour earlier or stay up an hour later during the day. Create time to work so you don’t have to find time to work.
#5 Mind Your Health
Above everything else it is important to take good care of yourself, especially during difficult times. Manage stress, get good sleep, exercise and move your body and of course eat healthy foods. These will all help you focus and concentrate when you have time to work on your business.
Difficult times happen. Planning ahead for these inevitable events can also lessen the impact. Make sure you have a good support system. Also a savings account that can provide you with several months’ income can also lessen the stress during difficult times. Outsource, automate and remember how important it is to take great care of yourself.
I hope you’ve found this information to be helpful and if so I’d love to hear from you! Please let me know what is the one tip you received from this post that you think will help you in your business the most by sharing your thoughts in the comments section below.
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