How do you stay focused when it feels like the world is swirling around you?
What should you do?
Where do you start when distractions abound, “life happens”, business deadlines loom, and it feels like all hell is breaking loose around you?
I’m here to tell you that you can be effective. You can be productive even when it feels like an impossibility.
Let me give you a visual and real example. When we adopted 3 baby kittens and brought them home on an unsuspecting Saturday, everything about being productive in my home office changed. They were only 12 weeks old and for the first few weeks we had them, their access to the house was restricted only to my office. (Yes, I am crazy, but it was the best room for them to be in and actually be with people during the day and learn where the litter box was going to reside.)
As you might imagine those first few weeks were like trying to work in the middle of a 3-ring circus with cyclonic tendencies. I called it working while under kitty siege. There were kittens crawling up my legs, turning off the computer randomly (the power button was on top of their “stepping stool” to the desk), and chasing each other like wild mustangs. As if that were not enough distraction, the are tragically cute and I just wanted to play and snuggle with them.
But there was work to do. Within that first week of “kitten city” alone, I conducted live Skype video intensives with a client, completed several major projects, conducted exploratory calls with prospects, served my clients, and did my usual marketing and administrative tasks.
You might not have new kittens, but my guess is that you have experienced times like I describe. Whether it is due to small children, teenagers needing something, getting the flu, caring for a sick loved one, navigating a big business challenge, moving your home/office, or some other “life happens” moment, the inevitable bursts of feeling like “all hell is breaking loose” is inevitable.
And, as a self-employed business owner there is still work to be done.
Here’s how I stayed productive without being overwhelmed and how you can too. [Read more…]