Focus and Endurance for your Career
Is it fortitude, strength or stamina…. Building endurance is an important element to any activity or endeavour you do. Endurance can be defined as the ability to focus on the task at hand and bring it successfully to conclusion. No matter what you call it though, endurance is the ability to persevere and get the job done, no matter what.
Usually, when we speak of endurance, we’re referring to physical activity. Yet, endurance is as important in the business world as it is anywhere else. In business circles, endurance usually takes the form of focus. Instead of physical prowess, it becomes the ability to concentrate successfully on a given task. Focus is a critical skill set for any business owner, especially in today’s fast-paced world where success often means keeping several equally important balls in the air at one time which is a skill even for a professional juggler.
So, how do you focus on multitasking, a situation where, by its very definition, several things are happening at once? Well, the key to successful focus is attention. Multitasking can be difficult in even the best of circumstances because when several things are happening simultaneously, you need to concentrate on only one thing at a time. This doesn’t mean that you bring one task to full completion before you start on another. Rather, you spend just enough time on a given task to take it to the next stage of development and then you turn your attention to another task. Look at this analogy, it’s a little like being a mother duck with ducklings. You give your attention to the duckling that is farthest out of line, nudging it forward to where it should be, before you turn your attention to the next little duck. Each duckling gets a measure of your focus, but none gets your full attention all the time. In this way, each task gets moved along in turn, and all are successfully completed in time.
Most business owners think they multitask and I consider myself one of those people because I always have multiple things on the go. In the beginning we are just trying to learn things and grow and lots of things are coming at us from all different directions. It could be customer service, it could be systems that they need to address. It could be just all the ins and outs as a business, the technical to the human resources side. And they’re just trying to put fires out so that they can stay on top and make money to stay in business. Watch out for burn out! As I said earlier, sometimes you have to multitask when you’re just starting because you do not have a team built up and unable to do right away. That is one area to put into place as the time and situation arises. I can admit that I was not quick to let others in and build a team, and as I can now reflect on that can see why I was often burnt out! Don’t be me!
Have you ever made a list of everything you do in your business? I do mean everything. Make that list and then check off the things that only you can do, or what you feel you can do at this time. This is definitely a list to be revisited as your business grows. I know you think you can do everything, but what if you could alleviate your tasks even by an hour a week? What if you could hire someone to take that hour to do tasks that need doing, but its OK that you do not physically do them? What would you do with that hour? Imagine the possibilities. As your business grows, increase that hour to 2 hours, then 3 hours and so on. Not too hard on the cash flow, but enormous to your health and well being. Love to know what you would do with that extra hour.
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