I am your host, Yvan Delia-Lavictoire. It's great to see you back again. Thank you for the feedback on Episode 22, where we discussed having a low-risk approach to building a side hustle. It was a bit challenging to create that episode, given the common message about the excitement of building a brand in sports, especially in football.
Many see it as a great potential with an open market to seize. So, a low-risk approach may sound counterintuitive, but it's a great way to start slowly. If you haven't listened to it, I suggest giving it a listen before diving into this episode.
The Importance of Focus
Today, we're going to talk about focus, which I believe is one of the most underrated tools when it comes to helping or sabotaging your side hustle. If you can harness focus effectively, that's amazing. But if you struggle to find the time or concentration to work on your side hustle, you'll keep delaying the launch of your idea.
1. Goal Setting for Focus
One classic way to channel your focus is through goal setting. Having a big, long-term goal and breaking it down into smaller monthly, weekly, and even daily goals is a fantastic strategy. A 90-day goal is often recommended. The SMART approach to setting goals, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-specific, is crucial for tracking your progress effectively.
Time-blocking is another key method for maintaining focus. Allocate specific time slots in your calendar for your side hustle. Use digital calendars or tools to block off these periods, making yourself unavailable for other activities or distractions. It helps create a visual reminder of your commitment to your goals.
3. The Power of Single-Tasking
In today's multitasking world, it may sound counterproductive, but focusing on one task at a time is a game-changer. Multitasking can spread your energy thin, reducing overall productivity. Concentrating on one activity at a time increases the quality of your work and efficiency.
4. Staying Connected to Your Passion
Staying connected to the game or your passion in football can reinvigorate your focus. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the hustle of building a brand that we neglect the essence of the game itself. Playing, watching, or simply engaging with others who share your passion can reignite your motivation.
5. Finding Accountability
Consider finding an accountability partner or joining a check-in group. Connect with someone, even if they're not in the football industry but share a side hustle mindset. Regular check-ins, discussions, and progress sharing can help you stay on track and motivated.
6. Prioritizing Tasks with the Eisenhower Matrix
Effective task prioritization is another focus-enhancing technique. Using the Eisenhower Matrix, you can categorize tasks as urgent and important. Focus on important tasks first, increasing your productivity and preventing unnecessary distractions.
Finding focus in your side hustle is a journey. Celebrate your small wins along the way, as they keep you motivated. We hope these strategies help you channel your focus effectively as you work on your football side hustle.
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I look forward to celebrating your small wins as you progress in your football journey.