Focus And Productivity
"Your business is generally seen as a reflection of how well you make decisions. It doesn't matter if it's a large corporation or a small independently run operation, when things happen, good or bad, all eyes are on you."
~John M. Roberts~
When running a business, a lot of little things can cause mental and physical anguish and throw you off course, but if you stay focused, you can keep your business going in the direction you set and grow it into a successful venture. Focus means keeping everything in perspective and not letting outside influences disrupt your game plan.
Productivity is the key to running a successful company. You have to set realistic production goals by taking into account all the different variables that will present themselves in your particular market. This means knowing and understanding what works and what don't work and how your company can overcome adversities if they arise.
When it comes to focus and productivity, good leadership skills are a necessity. Your business is generally seen as a reflection of how well you make decisions and how you steer it. It doesn't matter if it's a large corporation or a small independently run operation, when things happen, good or bad, all eyes are on you.
Below is a list of things you can do, and not do, that will help you stay focused and productive:
- Learn to delegate authority and feel comfortable doing it. Some entrepreneurs are insecure about giving others the opportunity to make decisions so they micro-manage every detail of the business. This makes employees feel that their input is unappreciated so they don't give their opinions or do things that will help the business. In many cases, it stifles the growth of a business.
- Don't allow yourself to be interrupted by others who don't understand your need to stay focused on the task at hand. It's not that they are trying to disrupt you on purpose. They just don't know the importance of what you are doing.
- Don't get so caught up in your daily routine that you lose sight of everything that's going on around you. For a business to continue to grow and prosper, it needs to change when change is needed, but if you are cruising along on automatic, you may not recognize the need for change. Sometimes it's the routine that keeps you from making decisions that will help you maneuver around pitfalls and stumbling blocks. Keep your mind clear and stay focused on steering clear of the things that might take you off course.
- Success means making more money, spending more money, hiring and firing employees, expanding to larger facilities, hiring accountants and/or attorneys, credit, debt, paying more taxes, and keeping tabs on it all.
Making money is why people start businesses in the first place, but money can become your Achilles' heel. With more money comes more responsibility. In a growing business, money can come fast and furious and you have to be prepared for the good and the bad that comes with it.
- Just because you've known someone for a long time, friend or family member, doesn't mean you can trust that person. Sometimes, it's those closest to you who don't have your best interests at heart.
You have to choose your inner circle very carefully. You've heard the expression, "Loving eyes can never see." In business, sometimes the one you love may not be the best choice to have as your closest associate.
- Don't overload your work day. You don't want to get into the habit of doing to much and not doing anything well. Carefully pick and choose your daily tasks and base your schedule on what is most important. Being busy is great but are you accomplishing your goals. You may have to eliminate certain tasks from your work load if you want to be productive and not stressed out.
- Meetings are great for discussing business issues but too many meetings may be a distraction and a waste of time. If you find that half the time in your meetings are spent talking about subjects that don't have a clear purpose or if the same topics are being discussed over and over again in each meeting, you may want to cut down on the number of meetings you have or at least cut back on the time you spend in the meetings.
By staying focused, your company's productivity will increase and you will see a marked improvement in the overall financial health of your company. By staying focused on the goals you envision for your company and by doing all the things that makes your company a leader in it's field, the amount of success you gain will be equal to all of your efforts.