Find a place and schedule in which you will not be disturbed. Concentration and focus must be trained. Having a special time and space to do focused work, will train your brain to do it better.
To maximize productivity, prepare for deep work with deep breathing and visualizing your desired end state. Also, chunk work into 45-minute blocks and do some movement and yoga between those deep work sets.
min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every business leader has trouble staying focused, but some find that distraction is a constant that gets in the way of productivity. Symptoms like inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity can get in the way of a productive, focused work day, and in extreme cases are linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Trying to focus on something without moving tires the mind. In general, releasing excess energy throughout the day will help you stay on task.
When you need to pay attention during a call or meeting, bring a small object that you can play with, such as putty. Handling something that you can manipulate mindlessly while you listen frees up your mental energy so you can better focus.
6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Close your eyes and think of the most iconic founder in recent memory. We're willing to bet that an image of Steve Jobs floats through your mind. That's no surprise.
Know your "noble cause." Jobs understood that if teams don’t find their work meaningful, they perceive challenging directives from a leader as arbitrary demands rather than a call to sacrifice for a higher purpose.
Tell your story early and often. If you can’t weave your ideas into a clear, compelling story, those ideas remain abstract words likely to be forgotten.
Push, but within boundaries. Make sure you have a clear end point and time line in mind before you go into "push" mode. Intense work with no clear end in sight is demoralizing.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Staying focused can be tough with a constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention. Amid the noise, understanding your brain's limitations and working around them can improve your focus and increase your productivity.