If you can’t even keep yourself in a productive state, stay focused and keep doing things consistently you’re going to have a very tough time making progress building your own business, online or offline. That’s why it’s very important to get focused and you can accomplish that goal by retraining yourself for 30 days, getting excited about what you do and closing down various windows.
I honestly don’t think that there is a way to instantly retrain yourself to always be focused over night. The fact is if you’re used to watching TV while you’re trying to get things done, if you’re used to your phone always ringing or beeping at you, if you’re used to switching back and forth between multiple windows then you’ve trained your brain to think and behave a certain way this whole time. What you’re going to have to do is treat this like any other habit change or any other kind of addiction.
It will be a thirty day process and if you start today and make a point to act a different way then you will have to consciously change this behaviour for the first several days. After about a month you should begin thinking differently and thinking in a more linear, compartmentalised and focused way. What you need to start doing is training yourself to close down all distractions, turn off your phone, close the office door, close down any browser or other program windows you have so that nothing pops up, nothing interrupts you, you are always in a state of absolute focus and only moving in one particular direction at a time.
One thing that has helped me to remain focused, keep my eye on the prize, always doing one thing at a time is do things that are actually exciting. If you find yourself always distracted, always looking to do something else, that means that the task your completing right now is not the most fun task to be completing at this very moment. That’s kind of sad because I know that if you’re thinking about building a business compared to playing video games you’re tempted to play video games because if you play a video game right now you will instantly have fun. But, playing a video game will not make you any extra money will it,
We need to think a little bit differently and think that right now I’m going to be building my business. I’m going to be building my business because this business will allow me to earn more money today which means that I can take a vacation and a vacation will be a lot more fun than a video game. Now along the way I think that if you just make some small changes such as closing out windows you’re not using, that will make a big difference.
Most people I know who are unproductive have their email and have Facebook open almost 24 hours a day. That means that if a new message comes in they instantly get distracted and their focus is instantly shifted away. If their friends post some fun pictures, now they’re going to go over and like or comment on those pictures instead of doing the things they know they should be doing. At the end of the day you know if you’re getting distracted, you know if you’re doing tasks that you shouldn’t be doing it. It’s up to you, you’re the only one that can make this very important change in your life.
Retrain yourself for 30 days, get excited about what you do and close as many windows down as possible so that you’re only completing one thing at a time.