Getting Back to the Grindstone: Focus, Focus, Focus
If you’re thinking about the beach you were just on right now, you’re probably not alone. A lot of people are getting back from vacation and are maybe having a little trouble concentrating. While you’re probably feeling less stressed than before you left, it’s always hard to get back into the flow of things.
Though you might feel overwhelmed with emails and requests right now, there’s some good ways to get back into the work groove one day at a time.
- Prioritize what really matters. Ask yourself if what you’re doing is critical to your business. It’s easy to get lost in countless daily tasks. Make sure you’re not letting the most vital ones slip through the cracks.
- As much as you can, focus on one task at a time. We’d like to get everything done at once, but of course we can’t. Often times bouncing from one task to the next without actually completing any of them, you wind taking more time and being less efficient.
- Slow down to go faster. If you’re rushing through everything it’s likely to lead to mistakes, which will only end up causing you more headaches. Slow down to make sure you’re doing things the right way and this should lead to better productivity at the end of the day.
Getting your focus back may not be easy, but if you take a methodical approach, you’ll be getting ahead in no time.
Michael Alter, payroll expert with an MBA from Harvard Business School, is a nationally recognized spokesperson providing thought-leadership and sensible advice to help accounting and payroll professionals build deeper more profitable relationships with clients. Alter, President of SurePayroll, writes the Trade Secrets column on INC.com and is frequently published in Bloomberg TV, the Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur Magazine.