Updated: Jan 12
Women spiritual entrepreneurs do not have time for any distractions - we are on a mission! Distractions make achieving our mission impossible. If we allow ourselves to be pulled in many different directions, the world will miss out on what we have to give. And boy, is it immensely valuable, so say it with me -- distractions be damned!
No matter how focused you are, some days, it's hard not to get distracted. Life can sometimes get in the way of meeting your goals, but it doesn't have to derail you. However, as a new or aspiring woman spiritual entrepreneur, your focus is crucial to maintain and grow a business that helps others. If you are distracted frequently, it will be quite challenging to achieve your mission and fulfill your purpose.
Your days will be dictated by the whims of others, the past, or future thoughts. Being in the moment is the power of focus. Staying focused on what's in front of you, not behind you, or sideways (i.e., the phone, t.v., mail, social media, surfing the web, games).
Here are five powerful tips on how to stay on track, no matter what else is happening around you.
1. Get Organized
It's easier to focus if you're not distracted by deciding what to do the day of or performing the small, daily tasks that do not impact your ultimate goal; everyday tasks matter, but which ones? Commit to a nightly practice of preparing for the next day, deciding what to wear, what to have for lunch, and the other necessary things that are part of your routine. Have your gym bag ready and packed so you can pick it up and go.
It can help to get organized for your week on a Sunday evening. For example, have all your work clothes clean and pressed and ready to wear. You might even consider a minimalist work wardrobe of similar garments to mix and match. You can also bulk cook and freeze meals so that you don't even think about suppers during the week.
2. Do the Tough Things First
You can free up a lot of mental energy by putting the difficult tasks and decisions at the top of your to-do list. Do the most challenging tasks when your brain is still fresh first thing in the morning, then you can get on with your day without the nagging dread at the back of your mind.
And don't flood your daily to-do list with too many tasks. Identify three main tasks you need to do to achieve your goal. Do more during the day if you have the time and energy. If you don't, put it over to the next day. You are important. You-first. Check-in with yourself before moving on with the other tasks after you have achieved the first three.
3. Keep Your Energy High
You might be surprised to hear that fatigue can be a distraction. It is what it is called physiological noise. If your energy is low, you won't perform at your best, so make sure you take regular breaks. Get out of the office and get some fresh air. Eat your lunch in the park and give your eyes a break from looking at a screen. Eat lots of fresh foods and stay hydrated by keeping a water pitcher on your desk. You need you more than anything else. Without you, nothing can be accomplished by you. So make sure you take care of yourself along the way to your way to achieving your dreams.
4. Manage Your Priorities
Chances are, many of the requests you get during the day don't deserve to be your top priority and can distract you from your core goals. Instead of responding straight away, decide how urgent the request is in the bigger scheme of things. Do you need to answer that email now? Learn to prioritize requests and respond accordingly. Above all, do not allow people to make demands on your time. This increases overwhelm and stress.
I remember when I started as a teacher. It wasn't easy for me to own my time. I felt obligated to say yes to my colleagues when they needed help or when a staff member needed me to do something ASAP. I had an epiphany, "Your urgency is not my emergency," which I heard said some time ago. Remember that when someone is placing demands on your time. You have a mission. You cannot fulfill your mission if you are working so hard to help others fulfill theirs. When you have time, lend a helping hand, keep one for yourself.
5. Keep Your Eye on the Prize
There are so many distractions in modern life that it can be easy to lose sight of what you want to achieve. And as I have said, it is sooooo important that you achieve your goals. You are here to create something that lasts a long time. A legacy that you leave for the world. So whether it's a dream board, a mission statement, or a post-it note on your computer, have a visual reminder of what you're working toward. Check-in every day to see how you're tracking and make sure you keep a line of sight on your big goal.
Avoiding distractions is not easy. Recognizing the importance of your mission, valuing what you bring to the world (or will bring to the world), and knowing you are essential to the plan may keep distractions at bay. If not, keep these tips in mind:
Do the Tough Things First
Keep Your Energy High
Manage Your Priorities
Keep Your Eye on the Prize