Being a leader is a challenging role. Every good leader should possess honest and ethical behavior, good communication, confidence, positive attitude and most importantly focus.
Our brain is naturally prone to distraction, so today’s modern world makes it especially difficult for many people to focus. If you’re an entrepreneur, a manager or a professional, many people rely on you and there are certainly have a bunch on your plate. Staying on track is a huge challenge since there is an unvarying stream of work, employees, clients and deadlines demanding your attention. The goal is to train your brain to focus, find some distraction-free time each day and understand your limits and work around them to improve your mind’s focus and productivity.
Actually, you don’t have to work that hard to get what you want. As long as you know your goals and channel your best efforts in the right direction, everything else is gravy. Try these principles to help you become focused, work less and achieve more;
Achieving More By Doing Less
Evaluate the situation. You have a crazy to do list; meetings, conferences, emails, bank errands, reports, etc. If you are lucky, you get to do half by the end of the day – but tomorrow bring new deadlines, and the list keeps getting longer and longer and you get more and more tired. But which if those tasks will make a real difference in your success and quality of life? By knowing the key areas in your life, you can actually achieve more by doing less. Achieve, not do. Delegate the tasks if you must and find yourself with more time, more energy and more sense of fulfillment.
Every Monday (and then every morning), list down what you have to do. Now which of those tasks matter most to your job objectives? If you don’t know, then it’s time to sit down with your team. Identify which projects matter and the company’s bottom line. As long as the particular details are in order, you’re fine.
The 80/20 Business Principle
If you sell products or services, most likely 80% of your sales come from 20% of your customers–the big buyers and repeat customers. Nurture that 20, pamper those clients, or improve the benefits of your fast moving products. That runs counter to most entrepreneurs’ instinct to promote the less popular items. Why waste time or money convincing them otherwise, when you can simple focus your efforts on something you know has been proven successful?
Take Care Of Your Team
80% of your sales will come from 20% of your sales staff. Keep them happy, give performance bonuses that encourage them to work and earn well past their quota. The 20% of your staff will cause 80% of your problems. Communicate with them or reconsider if they’re a good fit for the position.
If you want to be a better leader, you must train your brain to focus and apply the above principles on your work and everyday life.