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By Kyle Villers

Workplace distractions and how to turn “time”

into “time well spent”.

 

I do it. You do it. Everyone does it, especially nowadays when distractions are EVERYWHERE. We have our phones, email, social media, more email, dogs barking, needy children, ohhhh look, something shiny…….

Let’s face it. We all want to increase productivity. Whether you are the boss wanting more from your employees or you are the owner of your own Home Based Business, we all want more out of our time.

 

Let’s look at some of the more common Home Based Business Owner distractions and what we can all do to make our lives more productive, simpler and less stressful

 

 

-Multitasking-

Don’t even think about doing it. For some reason, we all think we can Multi-task well. At some point in our lives, we heard that a good “Multi-tasker” makes a good and productive employee. Man, were we lied to.  The fact is that, only a VERY small percentage of people can Multi-task well. For the rest of us, it only causes us to actually be LESS productive.

What to do about it?

Slow down and focus on one thing at a time. Do that task right and move on. Don’t try to solve all the worlds problems at once.

 

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-Too Much Work-

Do you find yourself saying “Sure, I can do that” or “That would go well in my business”. I know I do. Heck, I overburden myself all the time. Right now, as I write this, it’s 10pm after a full day of meetings and work (I have a Handyman business also), webinars, phone calls (leads) and a dinner I ate sitting at the computer. Too much work will cause you to not focus on one thing at a time. You can give yourself a very heavy burden if you are not careful.

What to do about it?

Understand that some “add ons” are critical or necessary but, carefully think through bringing on anything new and make darn sure you can commit to another task. If not, it’s OK. Be thankful for what you have and perfect it.

 

 

-YouTube, Facebook and other “Shiny Things”-

Ohhh Social Media. How do I love thee! Americans spend on average 8 Hours a month on Facebook alone. Add in all the other “Shiny Things” and we may waste 3 times that much time. And what do we get out of it? Basically nothing except a way to cure boredom or “interact” with people. I know, I know. You are saying “But, I use __________ for work”. OK. I agree. Take out of 1 hour of “wasted time”. Admit it. You may go on these sites for “work” but then, get caught up in LOLCAT and PUPPIES.

What do we do about it?

Turn off notifications and close the tab on your web browser. It is waaayyyy too easy to look up and see a number next to your Facebook page and then you just gotta see what’s going on. When you visit Social Media sites, make sure you have an agenda and a purpose. Physically type in the web address (don’t just click). This will make yourself admit you are going on this site and force you to be responsible.

 

 

 

-At Home Distractions-

Is that the dog/cat? He/She must need to go out/must be hungry/needs petting. Is that the kids? He/She must need to go potty/must be hungry/may be bleeding. At home distractions are a reoccurring issue and constantly tug on our ability to concentrate. They just come with the territory. They are our trade-off and the price we pay for the freedom of a Home Based Business.

What do we do about it?

Use the 50/10 Rule (Some call it the Hour of Power). Unless it is an emergency, whatever needs your attention can wait for 50 minutes. Inform your Husband/Wife/Kids/Dog and Cat that for the next 50 minutes, you will NOT be distracted. Focus on whatever task(s) need completed from your TO DO LIST and focus for 50 minutes of the next hour. Set a timer. You will be amazed at what you will get done and how fast it will go by. Use the remaining 10 minutes to get away from your desk, stretch, refresh, check email, facebook etc (just don’t get sucked in). Force yourself to use that 10 minutes for “yourself”

 

 

-TO DO LIST-

OK. Raise your hand if you have “To Do” items scattered about on note paper, computer documents and pizza boxes. We all have the best of intentions when we write something down “to do” later but, then we set it down and never get to it. “To do” lists can also become unorganized and overwhelming. They are a necessary evil.

What do we do about it?

Collect all your notes. Organize by priority (Triage). Follow the list from top to bottom using the 50/10 rule and voilà, it’s all done.

 

 

 

-Action vs. Re-Action-

A well thought out Plan of Action followed correctly will make you the most productive individual EVER. A Re-Action non plan of action will make you struggle, stressed, unproductive and basically insane.

What do we do about it?

Triage incoming tasks. Categorize them in your well thought out “TO DO” list and complete them in a timely, organized manner.

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Villers is a Marketing and Business Development Professional. He has successfully built and managed many “brick and mortar” and online businesses. He specializes in helping business owners succeed by implementing training programs and business strategies. He can be reached at AMSFortCollins@gmail.com or by phone at (970) 219-1200

 

 

 


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