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How to Stay Laser-Focused on the Big Picture Stuff in Your Business

David Baxter & Gary Voigt
July 29, 2022

How to Stay Laser-Focused on the Big Picture Stuff in Your Business

As business owners, we all wear a million hats. When you’re the only person running your business, you wear all the hats.

And when you’re wearing all the hats, it’s challenging to keep focused on the big tasks and projects that will move your business forward. The little tasks, the interruptions, and the “quick” requests can side-track us away from working on the revenue-generating stuff that will move our business forward.

So how do you stay focused on the business-growth activities?

Empty Your Brain

When you’re trying to remember many different things, it’s easy to drop the ball. 

Like, really easy.

When that happens, you’re scrambling trying to correct mistakes or quickly get something done that it’s overdue—which then only side-tracks you more from focusing on the big picture stuff.

Instead, get those ideas, those tasks, those reminders out of your brain and record them somewhere else—just capture the information and deal with it later.   

Now that you’ve created space in your brain, you can direct your attention back on the stuff that really matters (like creating a great company culture).

But how do you deal with that information afterward? 

Use Management Tools

We’ve discovered a system that works for us.

We use Slack for conversations and discussions only, not for managing projects or making decisions.

We use Click Up once a decision has been made.

What does this look like?

When we’re in a meeting, and something needs to be communicated to someone, it goes in Slack.

But when we’ve made a decision on something that needs to be actioned, managed, and completed, it goes in Click Up.

But don’t think that’s the only thing you need to do to stay focused on the big picture stuff in your business.

There’s one more tiny, but critical, thing left.

Mute Notifications

As amazing and helpful as these management tools are, they can also be very distracting.

The notifications are intended to grab your attention in order to keep a project moving forward.  

But those dang notifications are also drawing your focus away from whatever it is that you’re focusing on. 

Before you do anything else, do this one thing so you’ll have peace.

Mute notifications.

Now you can get laser-focused on your big business stuff.

Based on an excerpt from our BIZ/DEV podcast, Episode 42.

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David Baxter & Gary Voigt
July 29, 2022
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How to Stay Laser-Focused on the Big Picture Stuff in Your Business

David Baxter & Gary Voigt
July 29, 2022

How to Stay Laser-Focused on the Big Picture Stuff in Your Business

As business owners, we all wear a million hats. When you’re the only person running your business, you wear all the hats.

And when you’re wearing all the hats, it’s challenging to keep focused on the big tasks and projects that will move your business forward. The little tasks, the interruptions, and the “quick” requests can side-track us away from working on the revenue-generating stuff that will move our business forward.

So how do you stay focused on the business-growth activities?

Empty Your Brain

When you’re trying to remember many different things, it’s easy to drop the ball. 

Like, really easy.

When that happens, you’re scrambling trying to correct mistakes or quickly get something done that it’s overdue—which then only side-tracks you more from focusing on the big picture stuff.

Instead, get those ideas, those tasks, those reminders out of your brain and record them somewhere else—just capture the information and deal with it later.   

Now that you’ve created space in your brain, you can direct your attention back on the stuff that really matters (like creating a great company culture).

But how do you deal with that information afterward? 

Use Management Tools

We’ve discovered a system that works for us.

We use Slack for conversations and discussions only, not for managing projects or making decisions.

We use Click Up once a decision has been made.

What does this look like?

When we’re in a meeting, and something needs to be communicated to someone, it goes in Slack.

But when we’ve made a decision on something that needs to be actioned, managed, and completed, it goes in Click Up.

But don’t think that’s the only thing you need to do to stay focused on the big picture stuff in your business.

There’s one more tiny, but critical, thing left.

Mute Notifications

As amazing and helpful as these management tools are, they can also be very distracting.

The notifications are intended to grab your attention in order to keep a project moving forward.  

But those dang notifications are also drawing your focus away from whatever it is that you’re focusing on. 

Before you do anything else, do this one thing so you’ll have peace.

Mute notifications.

Now you can get laser-focused on your big business stuff.

Based on an excerpt from our BIZ/DEV podcast, Episode 42.

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