Entrepreneurs and small business owners are always on the lookout for ways to increase focus for business efficiency and growth. What happens when there is lack of focus? Does being focused contribute to less stress?
Being focused on one thing for a certain period of time allows you to do a better quality of work, and you get more work accomplished in a shorter time. In addition, your creative ideas flow more easily. Being focused on one task at a time has proven to be less stressful on your mind.
Common Distractions That Reduce Focus
In today’s environment, the advancement of technology has led to each person having easy access to multiple devices. Each device has multiple purposes and create different types of distractions. In addition, you’re bombarded with television, radio, the Internet, and social media.
5 Reasons to Increase Focus
It’s difficult to completely get away from all of these distractions, and this becomes even more of a challenge when you work from home. Following are five reasons to increase focus.
- Focus on a Single Task: When you focus on a single task, avoiding distractions, your brain becomes focused on that task alone. This allows you to complete that task much more quickly than if you are trying to complete two or more tasks at once. For instance, let’s say you need to write a blog post, do your bookkeeping for the week. and research information for an upcoming speech.
Set aside all but one task. For this example, you want to give all your attention to writing your blog post. That means turning off the TV, cell phones, social media pings, closing your door and putting all your attention on writing. You’ll find that you generate ideas more quickly and are able to remember points that support your discussion so that your blog post is more meaningful and bring value to your readers.
- Increased Focus = Increased Creativity: By giving all your attention to the task without distraction, your level of creativity will increase. You’ll find that with increased focus, you’ll come up with new ideas associated with the task at hand.
Traditional creative types like artists, writers, photographers, designers and musicians, benefit from increased focus. Others who are not classified as creatives benefit. These include people who create products or services, teachers, researchers, stay-at-home parents, executives, bloggers, and anyone who needs ideas.
- Reduce Stress and Increase Productivity: Being constantly connected to others and having many distractions which take away your focus affect stress levels, as well as productivity. When you aren’t focused, you don’t get as much done. This creates its own level of stress because as you fall behind in your schedule, you come against unmet deadlines and this creates more stress.
- Use Exercise to Reduce Stress and Increase Focus: Maintaining a regular exercise schedule can do wonders for your body. The major benefit of exercise is that it encourages the proper circulation of your blood. This in turn ensures that oxygen and nutrients reach the various cells in your body. You’ll need these if you ever hope to fight the bad effects of stress on your health.
Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries.
- Focusing allows your subconscious to do the work. Think about when you learned to ride a bike or drive a car. It was difficult in the beginning, but when you began focusing on what you were doing, your subconscious took over and helped you learn. The same is true in your everyday tasks. Once you begin focusing solely on one task, your subconscious helps you complete the task more quickly.
Increased focus for business efficiency and growth involves many facets of life and business. It’s essential to evaluate your actions and the systems you have in place to ensure that you’re focused on things that make for business efficiency and growth.
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