Knowing how to get focused and motivated working from home can be a struggle even though working from home and also working for yourself come with many benefits.
I’ve overcomplicated things in the past and felt overwhelmed when I didn’t have focus. There are solutions and ways to become focused by getting rid of distractions. But I’ve found that there is another way of approaching this. I want us to focus more on how we can gain focus. Then the distractions won’t be as distracting anymore. The 3-step approach I’m about to share is quite simple but effective.
As we all have experienced, motivation comes and goes. But there is a way we can always find motivation.
So the big question is how do you get focused and motivated in running your business?
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.
My 3-step approach includes why, what, and how. Once you’ve followed and answered these 3 steps you’ll always have them to look back on if you ever were to lose focus and motivation. I’ve discovered that this approach helps me every day. If I were to lose motivation or focus I would just refer back to my answers and remind myself of my focus again. Before we get into the post I want to let you know that you can grab your FREE Focus and Motivation Guide! You can use it to write down your notes and to have as a reminder of your focus and motivation. Now, let’s get into the post!
1. WHY: Figure out your “why”
First of all, you need to figure out the reason or reasons why you started your business. For you to keep motivated during the hard times, especially in the beginning, you need to establish a reason that will be like a solid foundation. A reason that is worth any and all kinds of struggle you might face moving forward with your business.
Remember, the story of the three little pigs and the wolf? The house the third pig built made of brick withstood the powerful blows of the wolf. This is how strong your “why” should be. So having a “why” for starting your business is you wanting to make a lot of money is not going to cut it. You need a more meaningful reason.
How to find your “why”
It can help to think about what you want in your future. It can also be helpful to look into your past experiences to find a strong “why”.
Personally, I have many reasons for starting my business. My reasons have to do with lifestyle, working with something that truly makes me happy, making a difference in other people’s lives, and being a good example for my children. Before running my business I worked, like most people, for somebody else. I didn’t have the freedom I wanted and I wasn’t happy at my job anymore. I wasn’t growing and it wasn’t my passion.
Looking forward, I saw what needed to change so that I could have what I wanted. The freedom lifestyle and working with something that fulfills me are some of my “whys”. Remembering them drives me and keeps me motivated and clear in why I’m working because I know and have experienced the alternative.
2. WHAT: Set your goals
Secondly, set your goals. Having goals is so important when it comes to being focused. It also helps with your motivation. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of focus is “the main or central point of something, especially of attention or interest”. So how is a person supposed to stay focused if they don’t even know what their goal is? It doesn’t make sense, right?
So what do you need to stay focused on? Goals!
You will be able to stay focused when you know that what you’re working on is leading you towards achieving the goal. It’s like running a race. If you don’t know where the finish line is, you can’t possibly know which way to run.
How to set your goals
Set measurable goals such as a revenue goal or the number of clients you want to work with every month. Also, set a timeframe.
One simple way to set a realistic measurable goal is to start from the end and calculate backward.
For example, if you have a goal to make 5,000 dollars in a month and you’re charging 1,000 dollars per client, then you’ll have to book 5 clients per month. Ask yourself if that is realistic with the amount of work. Play around with the numbers. You could increase the amount you charge each client and take on fewer clients or you could take on more clients and set a higher income goal.
Goal + Action plan = focus
Let the finish line be your goal and the road your action plan. These two will help you keep your focus and you’ll know what to work on.
3. HOW: Take intentional action
Now you know your “why” and what goals you’re working towards. The third step is to take intentional action towards your goals with an action plan. It can be a little tricky knowing how to plan and accomplish business goals if you’re especially new at running a business. That was me. It’s still me. So how exactly do you make an action plan to achieve your goal?
How to take intentional action
Invest in learning
I made sure that I learned the necessary steps to take to accomplish my goals. That was to invest in courses to gain knowledge for both my niche and for how to reach business goals. Don’t forget it’s important to step out of the learning phase and take action.
Make an action plan
Put the knowledge you gain and make an action plan. That could be to write down three to four action items for each goal so that the items will help you achieve the goal.
Break your action items into tasks
Break your action items into tasks. These will be the tasks you will do from day to day to eventually accomplish your action items and, in turn, your goals.
Put the tasks into a project management tool
Put the tasks into a project management tool. This is so important because you will have a visual plan as a list of tasks to complete.
Schedule your tasks
Every day when you start your workday your tasks will already be scheduled or ready for you to schedule. If you have a long list of tasks and not enough hours in the day to accomplish all of them then you’ll want to prioritize the most important ones. Make a list of the top three tasks you have to get done today. To do that, ask yourself which tasks are urgent, which are revenue-making, and lead you to your goal. These are the most important.
I would recommend being more strategic with your scheduling and it will help you to focus better on what you’re working on. Creating a block schedule, with theme day or weeks and batching is great for productivity.
What to do when you’re stuck?
We learn from Amanda Kolbye’s podcast episode 31 in Laptop Lifestyle that you should think strategically when taking action so you can scale your business. But what do you do when things are still unclear or have become unclear and you feel stuck?
Amanda tells us that you should take action even when things are unclear and that will lead you to learn from your results. Check your data. That information will help you find out what works and what doesn’t work. You want to find out what the needle-moving and revenue-making actions are.
When you get results and feedback it’s easier to move forward and do the tasks that will hit your goal. Amanda says: “What you need to scale to six figures is persistence and consistency of taking action, getting feedback, refining it, and keep moving forward.”
Doing an audit of all the actions you take to be able to simplify, do less and create more of the needle-moving actions in your business. This last tip is great to be able to become more efficient and focus even more on the tasks that are really helping you grow and move your business forward.
Distractions are everywhere and shiny object syndrome can surprise you and get you off course. Don’t forget to grab your FREE Focus and Motivation Guide. Go through the three steps and you’ll be so happy the next time you lose focus, motivation or feel overwhelmed, that you have your why, what and how to lean on to get you on track again. Keep reminding yourself of the goals because then it’s easy to understand why you are working on the things you’re working on.
I hope this helps you on your way to your blissful business!
What do you do to get focused and motivated?