Running your own business is not a walk in the park. It can be very easy to become preoccupied with outside factors. One common quality that all successful entrepreneurs have, is the ability to stay focused on their initial vision.
Are you struggling to stay focused? Then read below and make changes to your work schedule!
What’s your Vision?
In order to stay focused on your vision, you first need to create one. Ask yourself the below questions and take the first step now:
How big do I want my company to be?
What do I want it to be known for?
How do I want my employees to feel about their jobs?
What industries do we want to work in?
What will my role be?
What does our everyday workload look like?
Don’t be tempted to change what you’re working towards because something is new and exciting, remember why you started your business and how you felt at the time. Many business owners and entrepreneurs suffer from ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’, chasing after the next new thing without sticking to their original idea and making that a success first.
Understand your Role
Now you have a plan, it’s time to put it in motion and stick to it. Understanding your role is important because you know exactly what your roles and responsibilities are. Therefor if you find yourself doing things that don’t align with your role, you know something is wrong. Ensure you are spending time working ON your business rather than IN your business, don’t get bogged down doing tasks that aren’t supporting your vision. To prevent this, hire the right staff in departments you need more support in and offer them a career path with opportunities for progression, so their interests align with yours.
Make Time for Yourself
Identify your distractions and take steps to minimise their impact. Don’t feel guilty about taking time off to clear your mind and remind yourself why you are doing this. Making time for yourself also means will need to effectively delegate and outsource on areas that are time consuming and take you away from you working to your end goal. Once you have made time in your schedule you need to focus on protecting that time.
So if you want to stay focused and achieve what you set out to do, don’t find yourself looking for the next Shangri La. Take time to re centre yourself instead of changing your plan to suit change around you. Understand what you personally need to do achieve and don’t be afraid to ask for help.