When you’re an employer working for a company, having ‘off’ days isn’t too much of an issue.
You can have a day where you’re not feeling particularly motivated or a day where you’re struggling to stay focused and generally speaking, nothing major will happen and in a few days you’ll be back to normal.
When you’re a small business owner, having days where you can’t focus really isn’t an option, as you need to be on top of your game constantly.
Of course, you can’t completely remove the fact you won’t be 100% sometimes, but you need to do the most you can to ensure that any related disruption is minimal, with this advice helping you to stay focused even through the most trying of times.
Take a break
When you’re finding it difficult to focus, it’s often best to take a break.
It doesn’t have to be a long break – it could even just be a break from a certain piece of work or a process – but the simple fact is if you can take a step back from your small business, you’ll find you view things a little differently.
You’ll see where things are going well. You’ll pick up on things that could be improved. You’ll naturally see your small business in a different light.
And when you do this, you’ll be more motivated, more positive and more focused.
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Trying to do everything yourself is an almost sure-fire way to cause problems for you and your small business as a whole.
When you’re starting out, you generally have to wear a lot of hats and as you start to grow, you can think that you have to keep wearing them.
But by doing so, you risk causing a whole host of problems for your small business.
You don’t have to delegate everything, but by passing some tasks to someone else, you give yourself some free time to focus on other parts of the business, ensuring you’re able to continually stay motivated and on-track.
Have a change
When you’re doing the same thing day in, day out, it can become monotonous and you can struggle to stay focused as your mind becomes so accustomed to doing the same thing.
A break can help to relieve this monotony, but for some, they’ve been doing the same processes for so long that the only real way to resolve this problem is to have a change.
Look at what products or services you’re currently offering. Can you add any new ones? Develop any existing ones?
What about your customer service model? Can this be built upon? Can it be developed?
Giving yourself something different to focus on can be a great way to break the monotony as a small business owner and although it might seem a little drastic, it could prove to be extremely beneficial for both your small business and you as an individual.
Running your own small business can be a dream come true, but there are just as many downsides to it as there are positives – and being able to stay focused is just one of the more ‘surprising’ downsides that becomes apparent after you’ve been working with your small business for a long time.
Take a break, delegate tasks or change things around, but whatever you do, you need to ensure you continue to be as focused and motivated as you were when you first setup your small business, so to ensure its immediate and on-going success.
This article was originally featured on July 31, 2012.