Fine-tuning focus increases the efficiency and productivity of small business owners.

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If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here.

Stop Multitasking

Doing several things at once just means you’re spreading your attention too thinly among tasks that demand it. Rather than trying to complete them all at once, try attacking tasks that can be quickly and easily finished. This will get small concerns out of your mind so you can focus on the main task of the day. As long as you set one important goal and complete it each day, you’ll be making more progress than anyone else who’s trying to multitask and accomplish everything at once.

Rearrange Your Work Space

Surround yourself with objects and words that inspire you to focus on what matters most. For example, if you’re a musician, you might keep instruments around your office and frame some of your favorite sheet music to hang on the wall. You could use music stands to hold important papers, keep photos of your favorite professional musicians on your desk, and listen to music on your lunch break. Whatever helps you focus on what matters to you will help you concentrate on daily tasks.

Practice Focus in Daily Activities

If you don’t focus on the basic tasks of everyday life, you won’t be able to focus on your work either. To help yourself get into the habit of putting all your energy toward one task, try actively concentrating on activities like eating, having a conversation, and washing your hands. Try to focus on experiencing life in the moment rather than thinking ahead to what you’ll be doing in a few minutes, in a few hours, or even the next day or week. Focusing on the little things will help you when you need to concentrate on something important.

Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education and performs research surrounding online degrees. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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