As a business owner, or even as a key employee, a major part of your role is maintaining great time management. When you work hard for your company, you take on more responsibilities that you must learn to toggle and complete timely. Each task has its own duties that must be completed by its own timeline. In marketing, you have print pieces, digital media, press releases, advertisements, etc. that must all go out in order of their deadlines so each item gets sent out on time. With each task that is on your plate, how do you stay focused and keep a busy schedule?
“Self-discipline. Let’s be honest. For most of us, it’s a work in progress wrapped in good intentions, procrastination, and feelings of failure. But it doesn’t have to be. Self-discipline, like everything else, is a practice,” – Meg Prater, Hubspot.
In a recent article on Hubspot, Meg Prater discusses the secrets of self-discipline. In this blog post she relates self-discipline as the key of staying focused. Self-discipline is the ability to stay consistent in your actions and thoughts while ignoring any thoughts of straying from what one believes. With self-discipline, you keep your eye on the prize and don’t stop until you have it. One must remain focused on their end goal or they’ll stray from that goal.
In our busy lives, it is very easy for our minds to stray from one idea to the next. We have over fifty thousand thoughts per day. You read that right, over fifty thousand thoughts per day. With that many thoughts, how do we choose which ones to focus on in order to accomplish everything we need to get done without getting distracted? We must filter our thoughts. Thoughts are like passing cars, we can choose which ones to focus on and choose which ones we let pass by. The thoughts we choose to focus on must be aligned with our tasks and goals. When our thoughts, actions, and goals align we’re on the right track to being productive.
We live in a world that gets easily distracted. The media we see daily is made to distract us from staying focused, so it’s important to take breaks. Give yourself fifteen minutes every few hours to disconnect entirely and just be still. Each short break will give you a chance to readjust your clarity and focus better when you come back to your work. Take a walk around your office, read a book, or have a snack – all of these will give you the short break needed to think clearer.