5 Steps to Focusing on What Really Matters in Your Business
With goals to hit, projects to complete and tasks to finish, the workplace can get busy, to say the least. And although productivity is always a business’s goal, if a company isn’t aligned or is focusing on the wrong things, maximizing this potential can be a challenging task.
In a world where emails flow non-stop, meetings can pop-up in an instant, and one employee can have multiple sources for messaging, communication, file storage, etc., ensuring every action directly supports a top priority isn’t always easy.
5 Step Focus
As a business that’s looking to surpass goals and increase revenue, what can you do to focus on the things that will help you to focus on the things that truly matter and allow you to accomplish more?
Take a look at your current situation. Are you aligned? Where are your pain-points? As a team, are you wasting time on tasks that aren’t helping you to reach your end-goal? Truly take the time to analyze so that you can determine if there’s a notable gap between what your teams should be focusing on vs. what’s actually happening.
2) Formulate a Game Plan
After you have a clearer idea of possible challenges, create a plan to overcome these obstacles. Do you need to communicate goals more directly? Is there a missing process or role that needs to be filled? Figure out how you can help your teams to focus on the needle-moving and top imperatives.
3) Cut the Noise
One of the biggest impediments to concentrating on what’s truly important can be all of the “noise.” In other words, tasks, meetings and time-wasters that may not have a direct correlation to helping your company reach its most desired outcomes. Do what you can to eliminate these roadblocks and reinforce the most important goals across the organization.
4) Ensure Proper Processes/Technology
Once you’ve identified the gaps in processes and priorities, it’s time to ensure that the right processes are put into place. Work with company leaders to identify processes that will put your biggest goals front and center. What’s more, ensure that the proper technology is put into place to limit time waste and maximize collaboration. Ensure that processes, people and context are quickly accessible to your teams to help support your top business imperatives, In one place.
5) Take Action
Analyzing and crafting out a plan are a fantastic start, but in order to help your teams to create new habits and/or maintain focus on your biggest goals, these plans need to be put into action. Be transparent about your objectives, clear in your expectations, and available to implement and maintain a strong focus, even months after the fact.
Although it can certainly be time consuming to uncover opportunities for clearer and more consistent focus, in the end, it pays— in time, revenue, and how well your team works together to help your business grow.