6 Strategies to Shift Your Mindset from Time-Poor to Focus-Rich

A key theme in a recent group coaching call was being Time Poor. We know there are never enough hours in the day to get it all done.

However, I invited participants to change their mindset, thinking, and routines because otherwise if we keep saying “we’re time-poor”, guess what?

We’ll remain time-poor.

Please think about yourself as being “Focus Rich”.

As a busy tourism business owner, it can be challenging to stay focused on important priorities when you’re constantly being pulled in different directions. Yet, with a few smart strategies, you can shift your mindset from being time-poor to focus-rich and start working more proactively on your business.

Here are 6 strategies to help shift your mindset from time-poor to focus-rich:

  1. Set Clear Goals and Priorities: One of the biggest challenges of being a business owner is knowing where to focus your time and energy. To combat this, set clear goals and priorities for your business. Identify what’s most important to you, and use this to guide your decision-making.
  2. Have a Realistic and Achievable Action-Plan to make the Goals happen: This means allowing for days to go pear-shaped and issues to crop up, allowing chunks of time in your day or week for your day-to-day, then blocking out chunks of time to allocate to planning, priorities, and strategic thinking.
  3. Create a Schedule and Stick to It: Once you’ve identified your goals and priorities, you have the plan, then create a schedule. Block out time in your calendar for important tasks and projects, and stick to this schedule as much as possible. This will help you stay focused and avoid getting pulled in different directions.
  4. Delegate Tasks: As a business owner/leader, it can be tempting to try and do everything yourself. However, this is not sustainable in the long run. Identify tasks that can be delegated to others, whether it’s to employees, contractors, or outsourcing. This will free up more time for you to focus on important priorities.
  5. Avoid Multitasking: Multitasking is a common productivity myth. It’s been shown that it’s actually more efficient to focus on one task at a time, rather than trying to juggle multiple tasks at once. This can help you stay focused and avoid getting overwhelmed.
  6. Take Breaks and Practice Self-Care: It’s important to take breaks throughout the day to recharge and avoid burnout. This can include taking a walk, practicing positive intelligence, or doing something you enjoy. By prioritising self-care, you’ll be better equipped neurologically to focus on important tasks when you return to work.

**** Be aware of when you may need to;

  • Shut your door
  • Turn off your notifications
  • Trust someone else to do the job
  • Work from elsewhere
  • Set a timer on your phone/clock/computer
  • Let others make decisions
  • Clean up the mess afterward “if things don’t go to plan”
  • Empower others in your business to make the calls and make decisions
  • Take some days ‘off’; away from the business to get your creative, strategic juices flowing
  • Invite others to help on projects and planning, it may be more their thing than yours
  • Use a facilitator to brainstorm, problem-solve and look at your business in a different way
  • Learn to work in 15-minute chunks, where you may only get 1 task done at a time, however, multiple 15-minute chunks add up over a day or a week to achieve a larger task.

By implementing these strategies, you can shift your mindset from being time-poor to FOCUS-RICH, and start working more proactively on your business.

Remember to be patient and persistent, as it may take time to build new habits and routines. With time hour by hour, day by day, week by week, you can and will be able to introduce these new habits and feel much more productive, effective, and calmer in your working environment, which in turn helps you to go home feeling more fulfilled, satisfied and focused at home with family, friends, and loved-ones.

Which of these is your favourite?

Which of these could you implement next week to make the next week super productive?

Genevieve “M Matters ”


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