Staying focused can be such a challenge. Day after day you must persevere but sometimes little tricks can help you get started or stay organized. One of my “go to” tools is to tell myself I’m just going to start on the easier part of a task and then will do the rest later. Once I get started, I usually am so involved that I have no problem completing the task. The following article is featured on Inc.com offering 14 creative ways to stay focused and productive.
The Young Entrepreneur Council asked 14 successful young entrepreneurs for their best (and least obvious!) tips for staying focused and productive while building a fast-growing start-up. Here are their best answers.
1. Befriend the Whiteboard
Trying to shift through emails, meeting reminders, administrative tasks, technology builds, mapping, financials, and more, nothing helps to keep things organized better than having a whiteboard dedicated to the above. Set up the frame work sections and add items to be completed in that time period. Then, get it done, and erase when completed. –Carmen Benitez, Fetch Plus
2. Create a 50-minute iTunes Playlist
When I need to focus my attention absolutely, I shut out distractions by starting a 50-minute playlist of favorite songs. Since I can’t hear the phone buzz or computer alerts, I can focus my entire attention on the task at hand. When the playlist ends, it’s time for a quick break. Then it’s on to the next project and the next playlist. –Kelly Azevedo, She’s Got Systems
3. Step Away From the Office
There’s something bizarrely romantic about the workaholism of a start-up; the 100-hour weeks are worn like a badge of honor by many a founder and employee alike. The best ideas come when you least expect it, so don’t be afraid to step away from your work to clear your mind. You’ll be surprised how refreshed and more productive you’ll be when you return. –Jason Evanish, Greenhorn Connect
4. Put Your Reputation on the Line
If you want to increase your productivity, start making public promises. The best people to make commitments to are your customers. Nothing will keep you as productive as an upcoming deadline for a new product launch. –Pete Kennedy, eProfit Partners
5. Seeing Near and Far
Keep two lists constantly: one for the day-to-day or quarter-to-quarter stuff, things that have to get done; the other for the big dreams, stuff you’ll do as you grow, earn money and scale. Make sure you’re completing your first list often. Keep an eye on the second, but not at the expense of the first. –Sam Davidson, Cool People Care