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Top 20 Tips From Entrepreneurs For Entrepreneurs

This list of the top 20 tips from entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs is seriously cool. Eighteen highly successful entrepreneurs  provide their best advice for young, start-up entrepreneurs. This is soured from Forbes.com and is written by Eric T. Wagner. Check out number 2: “Focus focus focus” – well I never! Lack of focus is why the majority of start-up businesses fail. It’s not surprising though, given that the reptilian brain in us feeds of distractions, thrives off drama and is the source source of procrastination. Take some time out to take in these tips – they’re brilliant!

Top 20 Tips From Entrepreneurs For Entrepreneurs

Top 20 Tips From Entrepreneurs1.) The Power of Connections

“Network! Make connections and keep a record on each person you meet. Ask for their advice and help. Keep in touch with them along the way and build your network before you need it! Quality relationships are the keys to the kingdom.” – Clare Dreyer

2.) Focus, Focus and Focus

“Focus on ONE NICHE! And become the expert guru in that niche with your brand. Don’t get greedy! It’s the reason most quit by spreading themselves too thin.” – George Shepherd

3.) You Will Fail at Times

“Look forward to failure. This is how you learn to succeed. There is plenty of time to get it right —  so go ahead and just do it — and get it wrong.” –Graham Phoenix

4.) Let Your Passion Drive You

“Find what you’re truly passionate about and go for it head on.  Your passion driving you on your entrepreneurial journey. And understand there is NO Such THING AS BALANCE when you’re building your empire. There are things entrepreneurs do that others will not.” – Katerina Gasset

Continue reading on Forbes.com

What was your favourite tip from these top 20 tips from entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs? Along with no. 2 I’d have to say “let Your Passion Drive You” – could not be put into better words. Most people go through life drifting from job to job, with incremental salary increases, never taking risks and life an unfulfilled working life. (Sorry to be blunt.) At least as an entrepreneur, everything you put into your business, is what you get out of it, so if the energy you put into it is driven by sincere passion for it, there’s only one way for your business to go. Up. (Unless you’re trying to sell ice to Eskimos)

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12 Ways To Stop Procrastinating

If you’re a procrastinator, you may be pleased to know that you are not alone. Just about everyone procrastinates. It’s natural to procrastinate because it’s normally done with tasks you least enjoy. These 12 ways to stop procrastinating should help you to focus on the tasks that you want to be doing, the tasks that you’re naturally good at, the ones where you’re focusing on your innate strengths and talents. One of my favourite pieces of advice is to delegate. If you don’t like doing something, pay someone else to do it. There may be people in your own office environment who love to do things that you loathe to do – do a swap!

12 Ways To Stop Procrastinating

How To Stop Procrastinating1. Draw up a schedule

“One of the things we preach a lot here is to set out a time management schedule for the next three, six or 12 months,” Smith suggests. “Schedule the major and minor goals, plus the milestones. It will mean each month you can break down what is important and what isn’t.”

2. Work when you work best
“Figure out your peak working times, work with your body and brain, not against them. You will be more energetic,” says Todd.

3. Shock:  multitasking is a myth
Studies have revealed that our brains can’t multitask, they prefer to do one thing at a time. University of California psychology professor Russell Poldrack, who has researched the subject, recently told a US radio station: “When we sort of force ourselves to multitask, we’re driving ourselves to perhaps be less efficient in the long run even though it sometimes feels like we’re being more efficient.”

4. Focus on now
If you have a fear of failure try to get it into perspective by exaggerating how bad your failure could actually be – the more absurd the better for reminding you that nothing is that bad…

5. Delegate, delegate
If there are some tasks you just are not interested in find someone in your organisation who is and delegate. If it is task in your home life, outsource it. “It’s better to pay some $40 an hour to get something done than worry over it,” says Todd.

Continue reading full article on The Australian.

I’m happy multitasking has been described as ineffective among these 12 ways to stop procrastinating. Not only is it ineffective but it has been scientifically proven to be damaging to our brains. Our brains were not designed to constantly switch from task to task. Chronic multitaskers have been found to be forgetful, mentally slower and with lower concentration levels. Click here to view an older post on the damaging effects of multitasking. The best piece of advice is to delegate I think, then you’ll focus on the things that you’re naturally good at. If you work for yourself, from home for example, as I do, there are outsourcing desks like Elance.com where you can post a job, and contractors will submit a bid to do the work. You check out their ratings, portfolio and reputation and Bob’s your uncle. And they’re normally much cheaper than your own hourly rate – and much more efficient because they’re doing what they want to be doing so you can focus on what you want to be doing.

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Free Tool For Focus And Productivity – Workflowy

If you’re one to get overwhelmed by never ending to-do lists, this free tool for focus and productivity called Workflowy should ease the pressure and help you to get organised. Watch this very brief explanation and see how it can work for you. I’ve literally just signed up. At first glance it looks good! You can use it on the go the go on your ipod or ipad, although you’ll need to wait a while for an app on Android.

Here’s a review from Agbeat:

Workflowy can be used for a variety of professional tasks. It allows you to create an ongoing journal, plan and create outlines, keep track of your to-do list, and even collaborate with coworkers on both small and large projects. Workflowy helps you create massive amounts of content and data and then organize it through minimizing and maximizing what you want to see through the drop down formatting.

If you’re the type that has many projects going on at once, not to mention trying to keep on top of your personal life, Workflowy gives you the control you’re looking for. It’s also an easy way to work closely with other members of your team in a well-orchestrated environment that promotes productivity and clarity. Start the list and let your coworkers add their thoughts to the outline.

Continue reading on Agbeat

Share this free tool for focus and productivity with anyone you feel would benefit from it. It’s free after all!

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Ways To Focus And Be More Productive

Less is often more, and that’s what this article is about. When you get overwhelmed it’s easy to just increase your working hours, get more stressed and in turn your productivity takes a hit. These ways to focus and be more productive are written by Margarita Tartakovsky for Psych Central. She reviews a book by Laura Stack, MBA, president of the consulting company The Productivity Pro®, called What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do: Reduce Tasks, Increase Results and Save 90 Minutes a Day. She examines the necessity to process all new information fast, meaning to tackle things straight away that take less than 3 minutes so you don’t hoard new information, and to not use your inbox as a to-do list – priceless. There’s plenty more of course..

Ways To Focus And Be More Productive

What To Do When There's Too Much To Do1. “Determine what to do.” Of course, not every task on your list is important. Your job is to figure out which tasks are and which ones aren’t. Stack calls this triaging your to-do list. In the ER, Stack said, triage nurses don’t see patients on a first-come first-serve basis; instead, they pick patients based on severity (i.e., level of importance).

“Just as the triage nurse has to decide which patients need the most attention, you must determine which tasks on your list take priority over the rest,” Stack said.

She developed the following cheat sheet to help you clarify your priorities:

  • P1: You will get fired if this isn’t done today
  • P2: A valuable long-term activity that should be done soon
  • P3: Someone will be unhappy if you don’t do this eventually
  • P4: Human “pain-management” activities such as socializing and Facebook

2. “Schedule time to do it.” In today’s fast-paced, pressure-filled world, it’s not realistic to plan every minute or even hour of your day. But you can carve out time for your must-do tasks. For instance, you can block out 45 minutes to finish a job report, Stack said. Continue reading on Psych Central.

If you continued reading the whole article on ways to focus and be more productive on Psych Central, you’ll have seen that “Focus Your Attention” was mentioned, and she summarises the need to turn off all distractions – one of the best ways to focus I’ve experienced so far. Do you have any favourite ways to focus? List them below and share with the world!

 

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20 Ways To Improve Focus And Concentration

These 20 ways to improve focus and concentration are brought to you by Renita Tisha Pinto for The Times Of India and they’re a great reminder of some very simple methods to improve your focus and concentration. She advises to never be negative; if you tell yourself that you can’t focus or concentrate then you’ll force your mind into believing that, and what you believe, will prevail. Conversely if you tell yourself that you can focus and concentrate, then you’ll find it a lot easier to do so! It’s all in your mind..

20 Ways To Improve Focus And Concentration

Organisation For FocusControl your thoughts

The key to concentration is to not allow your mind to distract you with casual thoughts.

When unrelated thoughts emerge in the mind, pay no attention to them and actively focus on the task you are trying to accomplish.

Make a time plan

Make a schedule for the jobs to be done. In order to balance, allocate time appropriately to serious tasks, and to leisure as well.

This will help you feel more fulfilled and less weak toward playful distractions.

Never be negative

Do not tell yourself that you cannot concentrate; this will make it more difficult to focus, because you will force your mind to be short of concentration and attention.

Avoid Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking ensures that we cannot concentrate on one single task at hand when we have a horde of tasks lying in front of us. Continue reading on Times Of India

I was very happy to see that avoiding multitasking featured in these 20 ways to improve focus and concentration. Not only is multitasking highly ineffective, but it is harmful to your mind. Flitting between various tasks causes chaos in your brain, as your brain was not designed to function like that. The longer you do it, the more harm if causes, and the harder you’ll find it to concentrate and focus. There are a number of articles on multitasking on this site if you’re interested to read more about. Search under “multitasking” in the top search bar if you’d like to read more.

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Ways To Focus In Your First Hour

Do you every wonder what you should be doing for the first hour of your day? Here are a few ways to focus in your first hour brought to you by Kevin Perdy for fastcompany.com. The advice in this article is well worth a read and includes suggestions such as to never check your email first thing, something I wholeheartedly agree with as you lose focus straight away. It is also suggested to do the weight-bearing tasks first of all to get them out of the way, and also customer service. See what you think. Something I’d like to add is to carry out your income generating tasks first thing and leave the admin for when your brain is half asleep. Or better still, outsource the admin.

Ways to Focus In Your First Hour

Ways To Focus In Your First HourGain Awareness, Be Grateful

One smart, simple question on curated Q & A site Quora asked “How do the most successful people start their day?”. The most popular response came from a devotee of Tony Robbins, the self-help guru who pitched the power of mindful first-hour rituals long before we all had little computers next to our beds.

Robbins suggests setting up an “Hour of Power,” “30 Minutes to Thrive,” or at least “Fifteen Minutes to Fulfillment.” Part of it involves light exercise, part of it involves motivational incantations, but the most accessible piece involves 10 minutes of thinking of everything you’re grateful for: in yourself, among your family and friends, in your career, and the like. After that, visualize “everything you want in your life as if you had it today.”

Robbins offers the “Hour of Power” segment of his Ultimate Edge series as a free audio stream (here’s the direct MP3 download). Blogger Mike McGrath also wrote a concise summary of the Hour of Power). You can be sure that at least some of the more driven people you’ve met in your career are working on Robbins’ plan.

Click here to view the whole article on fastcompany.com

Which one of these ways to focus in your first hour did you most appreciate? You may have guessed that the quoted section was one of my favourite pieces (along with the advice not to check your email first thing). I’ve mentioned before on this site about how successful people such as Jordan Belfort, often start the day with an allocated time slot for being grateful for everything they have. To then visualise everything you want in your life as if you have it today, is just brilliant advice. Go Tony. By doing that, you program your subconscious mind and super conscious mind to work with you, and for you, to achieve that outcome.  This is slightly ‘out there’, but so true. We need goals to work towards; goals motivate us, and visualising those goals motivates us even more by making them real in our minds. Without goals in place, we’re coasting towards nothing. How can we create a road map without a destination?

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6 Ways To Avoid Work-Family Burnout

Starting your own business is time consuming and can easily eat into your family life if you’re not careful. Here are 6 ways to avoid work-family burnout brought to you by Melinda Emerson for The Huffington Post. She shares some great tips like treating your family as your number one business client, never bringing work home with you, and engaging your family in your business. I read this advice in one of Richard Branson’s books – so it must be good!

6 Ways To Avoid Work-Family Burnout

  1. Focus on being present, wherever you are. Entrepreneurs always have a lot going on. We’ll appear distracted at best, disrespectful at worst. Give people your full attention everywhere you go by setting appointments for meetings and phone calls when you know you won’t be disturbed and taking care of anything pressing beforehand. Be present with your loved ones, too. Do not take calls once you pick up the kids from school, while you’re out at the ball field or during dinner.
  2.  Use the “5 before 11 a.m.” principle. I learned this great technique from the book The 7 Minute Solution by Allyson Lewis. Simply make a list of five essential things that need doing each day, and focus on getting them all done by 11 a.m. Make your list the day before, so you can begin tackling the list immediately each morning. Continue reading all tips on The Huffington Post

What did you think of these 6 ways to avoid work-family burnout? Please share your thoughts below. It’s too easy as an entrepreneur to allow your business to take over your life and you can find yourself neglecting your family and loved ones – who are of course much more important than any amount of money.

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Ways To Focus By Decluttering Your Life

How cluttered is your life? These ways to focus by decluttering your life from Psychology Today, are highly relevant in today’s ridiculously hectic world. We’re surrounded by distractions in every direction, with so many choices for everything we do, be it TV shows, films, video games, reality TV, shops, supermarkets, technology, gadgets, email, messages, internet, social media (how many platforms are there now?) No wonder so many people struggle to focus! Take time to read this whole article – it’s thought-provoking and so very true.

Look at your life:

  • Schedule: Too many activities and appointments ;
  • Garage/storage: Too many boxes filled with stuff that you will never use again;
  • Closets: Too many clothes, equipment, tchotchkes, and just plain junk that will never see the light of day;
  • Purse or wallet: Too many credit cards, membership cards, and receipts;
  • Toys: Too many for children and adults;
  • Refrigerator: Too much food.

Stuff, of the cultural, technological, spatial, temporal, psychological, and social varieties, do so much more harm than good in our lives. It makes us stressed, claustrophobic, overloaded, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and lonely.

So here’s what you can do to tackle this growing concern:

Ways To Focus By Decluttering Your LifeHere’s what you should do. De-clutter your life!:

  • Popular culture: Watch, play, and listen less, don’t buy stuff you don’t need, don’t believe anything it tells you, don’t care too much about it;
  • Technology: Opt out, delete, uninstall, don’t update, don’t click, don’t save, don’t friend, follow, or like, disconnect, unplug;
  • Your world: Throw out, empty, clear, sell, donate, give away, reuse, recycle, reduce;
  • Time: Un-schedule, don’t plan, don’t over-commit, say no, do nothing, slow down, take off your watch, be spontaneous;
  • Your social life: Be selective, choose quality over quantity, spend time alone.
  • Your mind: Clarify, prioritize, simplify, tune in, zone out, read,meditate;
  • Your body: Eat nutritiously and in small portions, exercise frequently, go outside, relax often, nap regularly, go to sleep early.

Ah, your life uncluttered. Enjoy! Read whole article here

I couldn’t agree more with these ways to focus by decluttering your life. If you’re close to someone who never throws things out, give them a gentle nudge. Clutter affects your subconscious mind too, sending mixed messages to it that there are things to do which aren’t complete, and this makes it more difficult to focus using your conscious mind, think clearly and make good decisions.

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Ways To Focus With ADHD

If you’re a sufferer of ADHD, or if someone close to you suffers from ADHD then these ways to focus with ADHD are a worthwhile read. Focusing on one task at a time, without getting distracted is difficult enough at the best of times, but when you have ADHD, the distraction factor is intensified. It’s easy to get mentally involved in the next task without completing the one in hand and by the end of the day, you wonder what you’ve achieved. Here is a simple technique written for Psychology Today by Mark Bertin which may just help not only those who suffer from ADHD, but also those who simply struggle to focus.

Learning to STOP

Ways To Focus By Saying StopTo create this pause, practice the acronym ‘STOP’ with each transition. Before getting up from the table, leaving your desk, or shifting your activity at any time during the day:

  • Stop what you’re doing.
  • Take a few breaths.
  • Observe what’s going on for you, internally and externally.
  • Pick what would be best to do next.

Having paused and checked in, what would it take to finish what you started? With children, you might even review the three steps before beginning a task. Take out the milk and a glass. Pour and drink the milk. And then . . .  step three, put milk in the fridge and the glass in the dishwasher. Check the assignment pad, finish the homework. And then  . . . put it in the backpack. Create reminders to STOP over and over again through the day. Eventually this pause in transitioning becomes a habit, consistently getting you and your child from point A to point C—a complete and well-considered conclusion.

Click here to view the whole article on Psychology Today

These ways to focus with ADHD are helpful to me, and I don’t think I have ADHD. I’ve certainly not been diagnosed with it anyway. Occasionally I get to the end of the day and wonder what on earth I’ve achieved but I think that’s fairly commonplace. What I have found really helpful, is planning the following day, the day before, setting myself allocated time slots for each task (with a timer) and removing all distractions (social media, phone, emails). Exercise is also an absolute godsend when it comes to focusing and also alleviating stress.

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4 Ways To Focus As An Entrepreneur

When you leave the corporate world or at least leave your boss behind, staying focused as an entrepreneur can be somewhat challenging at the best of times, particularly if you work from home, and online. Here are 4 ways to focus as an entrepreneur written by Susan Strayer for Upstart Business Journal. I’ve only presented the first one as I can wholeheartedly relate to it, but every point the author mentions is so incredibly true so do go on to read the entire article.

1  Avoid the downtime spiral. 

Focus As An EntrepreneurNo more commute. No more required 9 to 5. No more endless executive approval meetings. It’s amazing how your calendar opens up! But it’s also easy to fill because initially, you have the perception of having more downtime (at least until you really get the business cooking). All of that flexibility means you can visit Mom and Dad during the week, or extend that weekend by an extra day. But it also means you quickly turn well-deserved downtime into wasted time. Instead, schedule your downtime in a way that works for you. I’m not a morning person, so starting my day at 10 a.m. is a gift. The ability to go to the gym in the afternoon means I avoid the morning and evening rush times, but that also means I keep working well into the evenings, sometimes until 2 a.m. Aim to get a certain minimum amount of work hours in every day—and recognize that it’s likely to be more than you were clocking in before.

Click here to view the whole article on Upstart Business Journal

Which one was your favourite out of these 4 ways to focus as an entrepreneur? Like the author, Susan Strayer, I’m not a morning person either so it’s too easy to sleep in, and work late when I can concentrate best. Whilst this may have worked well at university, it doesn’t work so well in the working world as we have time restrictions within which we need to work. I also particularly appreciated the last point entitled Be Free From Being An Entrepreneur. Many Entrepreneurs to have a tendency of living and breathing their business 24/7 but it’s so important to step away from business to enable your mind to refresh – and to be less boring to others around you!

 

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