You Don't Know What You Don't Know

Are you trying to learn everything about everything in an effort to save money? Sure, it’s tough to admit you need help but if you continue being everything to everyone, you’ll burn out and resent your business.

Years ago when I was first starting my business I was in an online conversation about the importance of choosing a niche for your business rather than just saying, “I want to serve EVERYBODY.”

Of course, you want to make money so instinctively business owners tell themselves that it’s better to appeal to more people than a selective few. But somebody in the conversation responded by saying, “Do you want to be known as Walmart or do you want to be known as Neiman Marcus?”

The point is Walmart appeals to everyone, but they depend on the sheer volume of customers to make their profit.

Neiman Marcus (designer goods), on the other hand, appeals to a very specific demographic which has the disposable income to spend and they don’t...

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Productivity is More Than Getting Things Done

Business coaches are strong assets for business owners because they hold the owner accountable for their own progress. They offer different perspectives to problems, they offer guidance as well as challenges, and they observe objectively how a business operates and what can be improved.

Productivity is more than just performing your daily tasks. A business coach will improve your productivity in all aspects of your business life. Here are some examples:

1. You will step out of your comfort zone. Performing tasks that make you uncomfortable are often tasks that will push your business into forward momentum, such as real life networking or presenting to your local Chamber of Commerce. Performing these tasks will get easier with practice and will allow you to develop real life relationships with other businesses. If you gain new customers in the process, that’s quicker productivity than if you stayed in your online bubble.

2. Your coach will correct you as needed. Your business...

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How to deal with focus issues

You probably already know how hard it is to focus on something. Focus issues are often the result of different things like boredom, lack of interest or even fatigue. Concentration can often be attributed by how motivated and interested we are in the task.

There are ways to deal with focus issues.

Supplements can help you when you are having focus issues. Vitamins like the B complex group, Biotin or vitamin H and lecithin all help improve your memory.

Eating the right foods can help you better focus as well since you will be getting the supplements from the foods to help with brain health. Foods like lean meat, beans, oranges, peanut butter and oysters.

Consult with your doctor if you find you can’t focus on any one thing for any length of time. Lack of focus can be a symptom of several different conditions, including depression. Get a thorough checkup to rule out any physical causes of your lack of focus issues.

When working on projects on your computer and online, make sure...

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Exercises to Improve Focus

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When TV newscaster Diane Sawyer was asked the secret to her success, she said, "I think the one lesson I've learned is there is no substitute for paying attention."
Did you know improving your focus can be done with different types of simple exercises? It’s true. Something as simple as getting exercise on a daily basis or chewing gum can improve your brain function, which leads to better focus. Most of the time, focus exercises take less than ten minutes to do.
Check out these to get you started:
• Mutter to yourself. It might seem like you’re crazy but talking to yourself either out loud or not, helps you pay attention, calms you emotionally and tells you to act.
• (Check out the 8 ways to make your brain smarter)
• Trade your caffeine for cardio. Caffeine gives you a boost, which makes it easier to concentrate. But you might find it harder to focus when you’re not buzzed. A better way to keep your mind stimulated is with physical exercise. Exercise...

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Strategies to Improve Focus

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You’d be surprised by how many people lose track of where their time goes. They might think they are focused on a single task, but are they really? One way to find out is to keep track of how you spend your time for a week. You might find out you’ve been wasting time on little things like checking Facebook once an hour.
Here are my strategies for improving your focus and increasing your productivity:

1. Track your time. Analyse the results after a week. Tweak and get rid of time wasters.
2. Plan your week. At the end of your week, find a quiet spot to plan out your week’s tasks. Write down key projects and the tasks associated with them. Don’t forget to add in family activities that you participate in as well.
3. Prioritise your list. Break down your tasks from most important to least important. Use a calendar to mark out blocks of uninterrupted time (anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes) to work on each one.
4. Eliminate what isn’t essential. Outsource what...

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Multitasking is overrated

If you’re like many people, you spend most days multitasking. You’re probably so used to multitasking that you don’t even realise when you’re doing it. After all, it’s a skill many employers look for in their employees.

Many people believe multitasking saves them time. It’s actually better to focus though. Focusing lets you concentrate on one task or thought at a time, helping you create a better result for each task. 

If truth be known, many people like to multitask because they become bored working on one task at a time.

So why is multitasking bad?

1. You have to switch from task to task. This takes time for your mind to change into the right mindset for the new task and remember where you left off.

2. Multitasking leads to attention and memory loss. According to a study by Harvard Professor Clifford Nass, in findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, people who use online social media and other forms of...

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