Three Advantages of a Narrow Business Focus

How often do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with all you have to do? In business it may involve juggling multiple business interests. Nearly all of us have experienced the frustration that comes with this. There are some distinct advantages to reducing the number of things you are focusing on.

First Advantage

The first advantage that comes to mind when you take steps to have a narrow business focus is that you are not jumping back and forth between priorities so much. When you jump from one thing to the next and back you fall into the trap of thinking you’re getting a lot done by multi-tasking. No, you’re not. What you are really doing is creating a need to get up to speed again every time you go back to a task you stopped before in order to do something else. To see how true that is just turn on a TV and then channel surf, changing the channels back and forth between five or six shows. It won’t take long before you realize you are having trouble catching up on what is going on in a particular show.

Second Advantage

It is easier to see something in depth when you have a narrow business focus. As a result you will notice patterns that you would not have noticed if you are constantly skipping around from one task to another. This makes it less likely you will overlook some critical aspect of something.

Third Advantage

Not only are you able to go deeper and notice patterns by narrowing your focus, you also will begin to see connections that you likely would have missed if you are jumping from task to task. These patterns may help you identify potential problems before they are a problem and identify opportunities you can take advantage of.

How to Have a Narrow Business Focus?

The first thing I recommend goes back to a prior blog called How to Block Business Distractions that deals with a great way to manage your tasks and identify what really matters by using a 4 Quadrant Planning method. This helps keep you on task and not get distracted with things that don’t matter at the present time or even at all. The second thing you can do it is to regularly (daily, weekly, or monthly depending on you and your responsibilities) assess what you have on your plate in order to pare the list down.

What about you and your employees? Are you spreading yourselves too thin? I encourage you to get a more narrow business focus.

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