If being an entrepreneur was hard before, it's become infinitely more difficult due to the overwhelming amount of technology stimuli. While normal everyday people experience the ping of cell phones, tablets and computers every day, entrepreneurs are especially overburdened with notifications every minute of every day.
This is where "entrepreneurial ADD" comes in.
Dr. Ned Hallowell is a psychiatrist, New York Times best-selling author, and renowned expert in the field of ADD and ADHD. He speaks and writes regularly on the subject and helps people improve their lives in our hyperactive modern world.
Define clear, specific goals. Goals drive momentum. Specify 3 short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals. Create action plans to focus on them.
- Avoid "screensucking." Dr. Hallowell coined the term screensucking, or getting absorbed in screen time. We lose 20 minutes of each hour to unplanned interruptions from our technology. Learn to set boundaries and turn these off periodically.
- Set your default answer to "Let me think about it." We don't have to say yes to everything. In fact, saying yes to everything only means you won't do anything well. Learn to give yourself time to think about options and opportunities.
- Never worry alone. It's harder to make good decisions when you're on your own. Involving others means you'll have more information, and will have someone to help hold you accountable. Use your networks!
- Cultivate lilies, get rid of leeches. Learn to cut those things from your life that are getting in the way of creating great things. Focus on the people and projects that matter most!
Watch the full interview to hear the full discussion to cure your entrepreneurial ADD. And be sure to check out Dr. Hallowell's On-Demand Seminar, Crazy Busy, on the Growth Institute platform.