I am the owner of a small software development business, and most of the time I will have two general tasks to perform:
- The task of managing my company, usually it has to do with talking to my staffs on what's going on, discussing the problems they face, dealing with new recruitment effort, and in some occasions a bit of programming and so on. Usually the tasks here are urgent and deserve my immediate attention.
- The second task has to do with new opportunity exploration. As I am looking towards expanding my company business ( either in a different market or different field), I will have to dedicate time for research. Usually I do my research online. This is an important task, perhaps more important than day to day running of my company as far as the long term survival is concerned, but this is not really pressing for me.
I would usually work on company management in the morning, and exploring new opportunity in the afternoon. The problem now is that, the morning session work will often "spill over" into the afternoon's. After I work on my company stuff, I can't just immediately switch my mind to concentrate on the second task, namely new opportunity exploration. This, couples with the fact that the online exploration is more lax ( I found that I can be easily distracted to read hacker news or reddit or just mindlessly surfing around, all in the name of "research"), and less urgent, means that the second task gets less attention than it should.
But researching new business opportunity is an equally demanding task by itself and it requires 100% dedication to succeed. I just can't give it that. Juggling between these two tasks, I feel that I have no more energy to work on the new business opportunity task anymore.
Anything I can do to improve my productivity and to give the researching new opportunity task the attention it deserves?