Entrepreneurs are busy each and every day making decisions that will help their business grow. And, as they are being pulled left and right with phone calls, emails, and meetings, it may become overwhelming to the point that they lose focus. Well, these 10 entrepreneurs have revealed their advice on how to remain focused!
10. Merril Stubbs
Merrill Stubbs from Food52 recommends taking breaks. She talks about stepping away from something that she has been working on to go off on a short walk, talk to someone who has nothing to do with what she’s been focusing on.
9. Ryan Holmes
Ryan Holmes from Hootsuite recommends exercising. After he jogs, does yoga or does some backcountry skiing, he always returns with more clarity and focus.
8. Jen Rubio
Jen Rubio from Away recommends keeping your eye on the prize. If you always have your end goal in mind, every step towards your goal would be a good gauge for it. “Whether your bigger goal is to IPO your company or you’re really focused on building a team, make sure everything you’re doing every day is in some way a step towards that.
7. Julia Hartz
Julia Hartz from Eventbrite recommends embracing challenges and learning from failures. Each time she faced a challenge, she found new ways to cope, and became stronger and cohesive with her team.
6. Whitney Wolfe
Whitney wolfe from Bumble asks herself the question of nine. “Will this matter in nine minutes, nine hours, nine days, nine weeks, nine months, or nine years?” Thisconcept of nine has helped keep her on track from losing focus on the things that truly matter.
5. Daniel Lubetzky
Daniel Lubetzky from KIND talks about saying “not now” in some instances. “We tend to have a desire to create a lot of different things and when there are so many things that you want to do, it’s hard to say “no” to any of them. So, instead he tries to say “not now.” Not now doesn’t mean not ever; it just means that you’ll get to it at some point.
4. John Zimmer
John Zimmer from Lyft recommends reducing noise from your phone. Zimmer, for example, removed Safari and the news apps from his phone, so that when he is in a meeting, he remains focused.
3. Alex Friedman
Alex Friedman from Lola recommends regular conversation to realign their goals. Over-communication has helped their team rearticulate the mission, the strategy, and what they’re aiming for at the end of the day.
2. Jennifer Hyman
Jennifer Hyman from Rent the Runway has recommended focusing on the big picture and the “whys” behind your work. If your work isn’t mission driven or emotionally resonant to you, it will be very hard to maintain passion and focus over a long period of time.
1. Sarah Kauss
Sarah Kauss from S’well talks about doing the most important thing or the thing that she dreads the most first thing in the morning to get it over with. Kauss makes sure to check her calendar to see what is going to drive the business, what is the thing that will have an impact on the day and just do it.