Find out 4 ways that narrowing your focus can help you and your business thrive!
Your time and energy are finite, so it’s important to focus on how you spend these important resources.
As women entrepreneurs, we usually find ourselves in a perpetual state of busy-ness. In our fast-paced culture, that kind of hectic schedule is often encouraged. We’re often told that being busy means we’re doing something right. But despite conventional wisdom, our busy-ness might just be draining our productivity.
Take a step back and rethink how you spend your time… You may find some unexpected perks in not being busy.
Here are just a few…
You Can Focus on the Areas that Matter
If you’re running on empty, it’s impossible to do your best work in any area, but especially not those that matter most.
Your energy is like a pitcher of water: If you’re pouring your water/energy into 20 glasses, plenty of folks will be left thirsty. However, pouring your water/energy into just three or four glasses creates a very different result.
It’s true that a packed schedule will keep you active, but over time, you’ll find that your work suffers due to lack of energy. Even worse, your fatigue can turn every task (big or small) into a chore. If you find yourself dreading activities that you normally would have enjoyed, you likely have way too much on your plate. And sadly, this tends to leave us feeling overwhelmed and unfocused.
Learn to say no to things that don’t interest you or don’t directly support your business. This new outlook will give you the energy to do your best work on the projects that matter most.
You’re More Engaged and Less Stressed
At times, we’re all guilty of spreading ourselves too thin. Not only do we have plenty of professional obligations, but as women, we’re often expected to lend a hand in many other areas. Unfortunately, this can quickly lead us to become disengaged and distracted.
However, you’ll be amazed at how much more present you’ll be at work and at home when your schedule is no longer overfilled.
Don’t wait until you’ve burned out to do something about this. Instead, take a hard look at your schedule and think about how you’re spending your time. If your day is dominated by tasks that don’t resonate with you (perhaps you don’t see their purpose or you simply don’t feel they use your skills), then it’s time to reevaluate things.
By making the commitment to allocate your (finite!) energy toward tasks and projects that really mean something to you, you’ll be happier, less stressed, and more focused while you work.
Inspiration Can Sneak Up On You
There’s nothing like the excitement that comes from a new idea. Anything seems possible when that ever-elusive inspiration hits! Unfortunately, there are few things that kill inspiration quicker than being overscheduled and overstressed. When you’re too busy, not only is it hard to focus, you’re far too distracted for inspiration to sneak into your day.
Inspiration needs room to breathe, and with a crowded schedule, this is hard to come by. When you make the conscious decision to stay a little less busy, you’ll be surprised by how quickly your creative juices start flowing again. Freeing up your time also frees up your brainpower and allows you to focus on new ideas.
Your next big innovation could be right around the corner… But only if you’re willing to stay still for a moment to let it catch up with you!
Work/Life Balance Becomes a Real Thing
Work/life balance is something we all strive for, but despite all our efforts, it can actually be pretty hard to achieve. When we keep ourselves busy to the point of exhaustion, it’s guaranteed that both fronts will suffer. Again, your focus and energy is a limited resource — if you’re spreading yourself thin with a plethora of tasks that may or may not matter to you, it’s hard to give your best self to any area of your life.
By practicing selectivity when it comes to your schedule, you’ll find that work/life balance is actually attainable.
By not letting yourself be pulled in a million different directions, you’ll have more time for your business and also be able to carve out time for your family, friends, and maybe even your favorite hobbies.
We’re often told that being busy means being successful, but anyone with an over-booked schedule knows that one does not equal the other.
With limited hours in the day, how you spend your time is what really matters. And worse, being busy just for the sake of being busy actually hurts your productivity.
It’s important to remember that when you’re overscheduled, nothing in your life is getting the attention it deserves. By rethinking how you spend your time, you’ll be one step closer to doing your best work every day.
About Emily D. Tisdale, Founder & CEO
Meet the brains — and heart — behind LEAP for Women. Emily is LEAP’s guiding force, committed to supporting women entrepreneurs at every stage in their journey.
She loves LEAP because:
A resident of Indiana, Emily prides herself on being a transplanted Hoosier and enjoys watching Colts football and spending time with her husband and their two children.