3 Ways Small Business Owners Can Limit Distractions on the Clock
No two workdays are the same while running a small business. Some can fly by while things almost seem to get themselves done, while other days it can be a struggle to remain engaged despite the fact that there is still no less to do than before. It is on these days that working in an environment that offers limited distractions becomes important. While there are general things that business owners can do to remove distractions from their environments, they should also be cognizant of what their particular weaknesses are. Some people may be able to concentrate while listening to music, for example, while other people may wind up getting distracted by a pair of headphones. It is important to know what type of setting allows you to work your best.
Keep a to do list handy and go from task to task. Multitasking often leads to unnecessary distraction, and can drag out both of the processes being worked on to longer than it would have taken to complete each of them one by one. Instead, business owners should add items to their to do list based on priority, then get them done one by one. This strategy is helpful as well because it lets business owners go from task to task without the need to take time to decide what to work on in the moment.
In conjunction with a to do list, regularly scheduled short breaks can help keep focus high. In the same way that business owners who have high demand on their time can take short vacations as a way to recharge, they can also take short breaks during the day after completing a set number of tasks. Even a ten of fifteen minute walk or meditation can help alleviate stress as well as aid in focusing. The knowledge that a break is coming at the end of however many tasks must be completed can also serve as a motivator in it’s own right, contributing to a business owners’s ability to keep going through a tough day.
Disable notifications from non-work related email and social media. A smartphone can bring a huge amount of utility to a small business, both through the ability it presents to organize and remind someone of tasks as well as the amazing platform for marketing it serves as in the hands of consumers. However, a smartphone can also serve as a huge distraction, buzzing with notifications from social media and bringing a person’s digital life into real time. In order to limit the temptation to engage using a smart phone during work hours, disabling notifications from non-work relevant media, at least during the work day, is often a prudent move.
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