5 Smart Tips To Help You Stay Focused, No Matter What

5 Smart Tips To Help You Stay Focused, No Matter What

In today’s digital age, it’s hard to stay focused among all the bleeps and notifications coming from our smartphones, computers and fitness watches. In fact, studies have found that on average, humans have shorter attention spans than goldfish. So, in today’s world of constant digital bombardment and work demands, how do you actually stay focused? While our brains are extremely powerful, they’re pulled in multiple directions at once. Thankfully, you can train your brain to stay focused on the task at hand with some expert tips: Avoid multitasking While multitasking might sound neat on a job description, it actually detracts from the work quality of everything you’re doing, and destroys you productivity. Instead of letting multitasking hijack your productivity, consider prioritizing instead. Rank your tasks in terms of importance, and take them on one at a time in order of priority. This won’t only help your focus, but it will utilize your depleting mental batteries on the most important things first. Do your ABCs No — not the alphabet, but this trick from Harvard Business Review is just as simple to learn. It’s a way to stomp “your brain’s brake pedal” when a distraction pops up, and it involves three steps: First, become aware of your options — you can either give into the distraction, or keep going. Next, breathe deeply. Finally, choose what option you’ll move forward with. Most likely, after taking these steps, you’ll be able to continue on with your task. Use tech to fight back  The research found that these alerts send a message to our brains that something else is urgently needing our attention, when in reality, it is...
How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

People procrastinate for many reasons, but the result is always the same: they rush to get the task done at the last minute or miss the deadline. Even though it feels frustrating to procrastinate, people still continue this bad habit. Why? According to Caroline Webb in the Harvard Business Review, our brains are programmed to put off tasks. Webb shows research from UCLA proving that the allure of near-term gain almost always outweighs the attraction of future reward. Given the choice between concrete and more abstract ideas, our brain naturally sides with more material notions. But just because our brains are seemingly working against us doesn’t mean we can’t overcome procrastination. Instead, it should inspire us to work at the task even more because it isn’t a personal flaw but a part of our natural make-up that can be re-trained. Without further ado, here is the research backed-guide to get started: Find an Accountability Partner When we share our goals with someone else, it creates social pressure, but unlike the peer pressure we faced in high school, this type can lead to success. Sharing your goals with a partner can create a system where you have a cheerleader and walking living reminder to stop procrastinating. In fact, according to Webb’s research, experts have found that we instinctively want to be respected by peers, and are more likely to reach our goals this way. So when you have a task at work to complete, tell someone when you will finish it. If you tell a client or employee exactly when you’ll get something done, your brain will feel more obligated...
5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

The New Year is a perfect time to rejuvenate your success, and adopt new routines to surge forward. That’s all well and good, but what about your bad professional habits? We often become so ingrained in our routines that we fail to notice the ones that are dragging us down. So this New Year, we’re inviting you to look at your bad habits, and drop them like, well…bad habits. It won’t be a cakewalk, but it will allow you to replace your harmful routines with positive outcomes. Start shifting these behaviors today and you’ll be amazed at just how far you get in 2017: Procrastinating When “tomorrow syndrome” starts to rear its ugly head, it’s easy to get caught up in its effects and delay projects ‘till the last millisecond. Before you know it, procrastination can cause looming deadlines to snowball, and destroy productivity and motivation in the process. Instead of procrastinating, the experts recommend you take on bite-sized chunks of a project. This can remove the intimidation factor, and get the ball rolling towards productivity with minimal effort. For instance, if you have to build a whole website, consider setting a simple goal of designing the logo. It will be hard to go back to your bad professional habits once you start being productive instead. Distracted listening With a million and a half things going on, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to others (especially if it’s a boring topic). However, as uninteresting as the conversation might be, you should know that listening has been attributed as one of the make-or-break factors for successful leadership. So if...
3 Awesome Ways to Make Your Habits Stick

3 Awesome Ways to Make Your Habits Stick

The internet (and our site!) is chock full of awesome habits that can shift your life towards success. As you probably know, this is easier said than done. When life gets in the way, there are tons of things that can turn our successful habits into occasional wishes. Thankfully, there are some-science backed ways to make your habits stick like glue: Create specific actions. To the successful, a dream isn’t something achieved by deliberating how to reach it, but rather a specific, well-conceived desire that always happens. That’s why the scientific key to creating an iron-clad habit is to state when and where you intend to perform the action. Renowned entrepreneur and habit expert James Clear reports that in a study performed by the British Journal of Health Psychology, people who set an intention by creating an action plan of when and where to work out had a 91 percent success rate in making time for exercise each week. The two other groups, a control group and a group who simply read a motivational pamphlet on the health benefits of exercise, had just 38 and 35 percent success rates, respectively. For example, instead of saying you will be more efficient in your workday, try setting a digital calendar notification for reading your email only in the morning, at noon, and before you go home, and then let it snowball from there. Make a backup plan. As you probably know, it’s almost odd when things go exactly to plan. That’s why you need a backup plan for those inevitable roadblocks. Instead of completely derailing your habit, you’re simply discovering a new way to make it work. For instance, your...

The 12 Best Online Scheduling Tools

Entrepreneurs share the best online scheduling tools that will keep you organized.   As a rule, most entrepreneurs are busy people, which is why having the best scheduling tool is necessary to stay organized. To help you keep track of your busy schedule, here are the best online scheduling tools for busy entrepreneurs according to YEC: Question: What is a great, easy-to-use/easy-to-install tool for scheduling a high volume calls and appointments? ANDREW HOEFT Pinpoint Software, Inc. Calendly “We use Calendly, which syncs with your Gmail calendar (and others) to show available and unavailable time slots. You can then set up meeting durations such as 15 mins, 30 mins or an hour. Our sales prospects just pick the length of call and time that works for them. A calendar invite is then automatically sent to them. No more back and forth about their availability and what works for us.”[email protected]   MITCH GORDON Go Overseas ScheduleOnce “We use ScheduleOnce for scheduling high volumes of interviews, calls, client presentations, etc. It’s a great two-way system where you can update your availability and clients can book time with you. It saves a lot of time scheduling and going back and forth to confirm meeting times. I highly recommend it.”[email protected]  NATALIE MACNEIL She Takes on the World TimeTrade “We use TimeTrade, integrated with Google Calendar, to schedule appointments. We have different booking calendars for different clients or groups of clients, and they have a link for scheduling meetings and calls. It saves us a lot of time to not have to go back and forth through email to find a time that works for all parties.”[email protected]..

8 Daily Practices That Can Help You Avoid Burnout at Work

Avoid burnout at work in the new year by putting the advice of these Founder Society entrepreneurs into daily practice.   Question: What is one daily practice I should include in my New Year’s resolutions in order to better avoid burnout?   MICHAEL RHEAUME SnapKnot Inc. Take Time for Yourself “Take time away from work. This includes both small daily breaks as well as longer vacations. Improve yourself and spend time with friends and family. Exercise, read a book, learn a new language or cook dinner with your significant other. Taking a break from your business will make you more productive when you return to it. Success is about maximizing productivity, not working all the time.”   CHRISTOPHER RODGERS Colorado SEO Pros Know When to Call It a Day, and Exercise “I unplug at 10 p.m. every night unless there is a super high priority issue. Having time to relax and get rest equates to better performance during the day and improved business outcomes. I also make sure to get out on my snowboard or mountain bike at least a few times a week to relieve stress. Make personal time a priority and your ability to push the limits when you need to will increase.”     ZAC JOHNSON Start a Blog Get Better at What You Are Best At “While everyone else is making resolutions to try new things, focus on what you do best and become even better at it. Remember, no one wants a “jack of all trades;” they want the “master of one.” Become a well-known authority and industry expert at what you do, and you will...