As a business owner, there is no shortage of distractions competing for your attention each and every day. There are all of the “normal” distractions that most people face… Facebook, Twitter, ESPN.com, phone calls from friends, relationships, etc. But even if you are able to keep your mind on business, there is a whole new layer of distraction awaiting you. From settling employee disputes that shouldn’t have required your attention to worry about your finances, there are a multitude of topics that can keep you from focusing on the tasks at hand
If you let them, distractions will overcome your ability to focus and you’ll wind up accomplishing very little. Trust me, I understand exactly how you feel!
The good news, however, is that you can learn to overcome these distractions. Below are three steps that you can take to become more “resistant” to the distractions you face all day long.
Start small. The ability to overcome distraction is a skill that you must learn… and that takes time. So start small: designate several 30 minute blocks throughout your day in which you absolutely will not allow yourself to be distracted. Focus hard on whatever task you’re working on and don’t let anything stand in your way. Once you’ve mastered this, you can move on to larger blocks of time.
Physically remove distractions. Do you compulsively check your iPhone? Get it out of the room! Is email a constant interruption? Close the program and don’t open it until you’re ready to focus on responding to email. Is Facebook a constant temptation? Install blocking software. (Sure, you can always override it, but blocking software is a constant reminder that you shouldn’t be doing it!) You can’t literally remove every distraction, but the more you can eliminate, the easier it is to stay focused.
Start each day with a clear plan. Often, the reason business owners have trouble focusing is because their heads are swirling with countless details. It’s impossible to focus when there is a voice in the back of your mind saying “you’re forgetting something…” If you start each day by reviewing the status of your various projects, you can create a must-do list that addresses everything in order of priority. Once you’ve done that, you can empty your mind of everything else and focus on the task at hand.
Don’t let distractions keep you from being productive. Contact me today if you’d like to learn more!