Many people who run their own business struggle with the need for discipline and routine. I love working in my own business and I love what I do. For me, it is not an issue of not focussing on work. Rather, it is about being focussed on the right type of work. I find it easy to get distracted by an email I have received or an idea that pops into my head. Then I tend to follow the scent of that new trail, rather than completing the task at hand (and then pursuing the other task at a more suitable time).
One of the emails I read and followed was from a guy called Mark Joyner. Mark has developed a goal setting and time management program called Simpleology. This is a slightly twee name, but the concept is fantastic. If you take the free 18 day program, you will find it all a bit slow until about day 12 – but then it starts to pay dividends. I skipped through quite a few of the first 12 days in a single setting, so you can certainly speed it up a bit.
Now though, I use the Daily Praxis program every day (a routine that takes about 15 minutes each day) – and you can manage it all on the web using the Simpleology Web Cockpit. This process enables me to identify all of the tasks that I want to get done, then all of the things I need to get done today. It is quite a bit more involved than that – but the gist of it is that you do not lose things that you havenâ€™t prioritised for today (you put them either in your mental lockbox or your dreamcatcher). You then pick them up tomorrow when you make a decision about how best to get them done.
Anyhow, my day is much more productive when I start with my Daily Praxis, than when I get lazy and skip it. So, if getting through the really important stuff each day is a bit of a challenge to you, then have a look at Simpleology. I reckon you might find it extremely useful.