2. Become an Escape Artist: Change your environment.
“Not all who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Sometimes you need to simply escape.
Changing your environment can free you from distractions (that you didn’t even know existed) and help you regain your focus. Your external environment plays a significant role in your business success — even if it is ideal.
A change can be simple — working in a new environment for the day, taking a weekend trip or working overseas for a few weeks. I opted for the later.
Recently I spent some time in Cabo, to enjoy breathtaking beaches, award-winning spas, sprawling PGA seaside golf courses, Michelin five-star restaurants, sailing and more. I spent time enjoying my new environment, setup my own business paradise and ran my companies from a completely different time zone.
Taking time out to do what you love, while building a successful business is essential. Not only can you expand your point of reference, but it can serve as a reward for achievement, motivation to keep moving forward, and inspiration for new ideas. I left Mexico with new business contacts, fresh ideas and a heightened point of view.
3. Entrepreneur Interrupted: Get Unbusy and More Productive
What are you doing in your business that isn’t producing results?
I’ve found that many people pride themselves on being very busy. However, I’d rather be productive than busy. Because busyness promotes a false perception of effectiveness.
Isn’t it ironic how you can be “very busy” and have nothing to show for it at the end of the day? As a successful entrepreneurs, time is money, and nothing speaks louder than results. Therefore it’s essential to realize the value of your time and break free from busyness.
Start by dedicated the initial part of your day to conquering giants in your business. For some it may be financials, others it may be marketing or sales plans. Whatever it is that you’ve been putting off in business — get it done now. Make up your mind and set your will to do what you may not want to do. Concentrate on each task by proactively managing interruptions: turn off your cell phone, have your assistant hold your calls, log-off from your email inbox and so on.
When you end each day with accomplishments based on productivity versus endless busyness you’ll feel better about your business and less distracted by the million and one things you have to accomplish.
How do you stay focused and minimize distractions? Let me know in the comments section below.
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