Focus On The Basics

Focus On The Basics

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There is a lot to take care of in business. Most business people focus on expanding. New customers, new products and services, etc. That expansion is crucial to growing your business. Just as important is the foundation that that business is built upon. As businesses grow, especially young businesses, there is a tendency to spread themselves thin in search of revenue. Business people think if someone is willing to pay for a something, they should offer it, whether or not it is their core competency. That leads to the company spreading out and losing focus. When you focus on your core competency, the revenue you are generating is worth more. Why? It takes less effort to generate revenue in your core competency than it is to provide whatever service happens…
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The Entrepreneur And The Side Hustle

The Entrepreneur And The Side Hustle

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The gig economy provides new ways for entrepreneurs to enhance their earning and in some cases provide funding for their ventures. A side hustle can be an amazing tool for entrepreneurs. More than money, they can offer new ways to meet people and a way to exercise different skills and abilities. There is, however, a downside. Depending on what your side hustle is, it may impede your ability to establish yourself in your entrepreneurial field. If your side hustle came first, you have (if you've been successful) created a brand for yourself in hat side hustle. You'll need to expand that brand or target a different audience. If you've been selling essential oils, that audience may not accept you as a web designer. Target different markets for each job. If…
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Why Use A Vision Board?

Why Use A Vision Board?

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When discussing the law of attraction, many coaches talk about using a vision board. Aside from the idea of "putting your intentions into the universe" there are some real benefits to using vision boards. What is a vision board? A vision board is simply a collage. You can use a bulletin board or white or just a large piece of cardboard. On the board you place words and pictures related to what you want to achieve. It can be items you want, places you wish to go or goals you want to accomplish. Each day you spend a few minutes looking at the board and focusing on your goals. Why use a vision board? Stay on target: A vision board is a reminder. It keeps you focused on your goals…
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When Building a Business, Be Selective About The Work You Take On

When Building a Business, Be Selective About The Work You Take On

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When you’re building a business, it’s obvious that you want to find lucrative projects. What’s less obvious is that, at a certain point, saying yes to all opportunities — even profitable ones — may actually thwart your future success. Why? If you take on too much, you’ll become spread too thin and risk prioritizing money over other important factors, such as learning. In the early days of your business, a project that tests and expands the limits of your skills is exactly what you should be looking for. But after a while, things that used to be novel no longer seem so interesting — and that’s when it’s tempting to say yes to something just for the money. Make sure to ask yourself: “Do I really want to do this…
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To Deal with Distractions, Retrain Your Brain to Focus

To Deal with Distractions, Retrain Your Brain to Focus

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Focusing is hard — and blaming that on the constant distractions around us is easy. But trying to get rid of distractions isn’t enough to fix the problem. We also have to retrain our brains to concentrate. For example, when your work is interrupted by email, the real issue isn’t email; it's that being tethered to your inbox makes you expect an interruption every few minutes. To help your brain relearn to focus, try “single-tasking”: Open only one window on your computer screen, or give your full attention to a single task at a time. Also, practice noticing when your attention veers off course and then gently guiding it back to what you’re doing. If you think of something important while you’re doing focused work, jot it down on a…
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Concentrate Better By Starting A Mindfulness Routine

Concentrate Better By Starting A Mindfulness Routine

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Sometimes it feels impossible to stay focused at work. Mindfulness can help. Studies have shown that people who have a mindfulness routine are less distractible and better at concentrating. You can develop your own routine by scheduling three 10-minute mindfulness sessions throughout your day. Put everything aside — close your email and the door to your office or a conference room — and bring your full attention to your breath. Don’t try to control it; just sense the full in-breath and the full out-breath. Of course, your mind is likely to wander — that’s normal. Don’t judge yourself for these runaway thoughts. Simply guide your attention back to your breathing and start over with the next breath. It’s the act of returning your focus to the breath that strengthens the…
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Schedule Your Most Important Work for When You’re Most Focused

Schedule Your Most Important Work for When You’re Most Focused

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If you’re like most people, you struggle to maintain focus throughout the day. Maybe you’re distracted by your phone buzzing at your desk, or you can’t seem to stay off email and Facebook during meetings. Instead of beating yourself up, take steps to better understand your patterns. For one week, pay attention to when your focus waxes and wanes. What times of day are you able to concentrate? When do you find your focus faltering? Most people’s focus peaks in the morning and dips to its lowest after lunch. The pattern varies from person to person, so learn your specific pattern and use it to plan your day. Make sure your most important activities and meetings are scheduled around the times when your focus is strongest. Tackle lower-priority items when…
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Block Out Time for Solitude and Thinking

Block Out Time for Solitude and Thinking

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The volume of information and stimuli coming at us every day makes it more difficult to focus than ever. To do the careful thinking that decision making and leadership require, you must step back from the noise of the world. Schedule 15-minute breaks at least once or twice a day to sit quietly in your office or take a walk. Commit to these breaks as you would any meeting or appointment; if you don’t schedule moments of quiet, something else will fill the time. Use them to think about your to-do list, especially the tasks you should stop doing. Solitude gives you the space to reflect on where your time is best spent. Try to get clarity on which meetings you should stop attending, which committees you should step down…
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Be Ready To Pivot

Be Ready To Pivot

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson worked hard to become a top NFL player. He worked out, practiced and was on his way, receiving a full scholarship to play football at University ion Miami. While he had all the makings of a pro football player, his career was brought to a halt by an injury. Unable to continue as a football player, he had to find a new path. Many businesses find it necessary to change paths, and many companies have a hard time doing it. Polaroid and Kodak both had difficulty pivoting when the digital camera emerged. Toys R US found it difficult to deal with consumers shopping online. Whatever the change you need to face, here are three tips for starting a successful pivot. Take Inventory: What are the specific…
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Don’t Stretch Yourself Too Thin

Don’t Stretch Yourself Too Thin

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You are a superstar. Everyone knows it. You are the one to turn to when something needs to be done. This usually results in an abundance of requests for assistance. You want to help everyone, but saying yes to everyone isn't helping them. Worst of all it is not only detrimental to the people you're trying to help, it's bad for you. Stretching yourself too thin affects the work you are doing and your physical and mental well-being. When you pile too much into your schedule: You do not focus on any one task, as you are trying to juggle multiple deadlines. This results in the work being completed with a lower level of quality than you would otherwise provide. Worse, you could miss the deadline all together and not…
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