Unless you’re a Buddhist monk, you encounter distractions from time to time that minimize your effectiveness in getting your work done in your business.
The internet is especially disrupting with email, messages, status updates, and more. But distractions also include employees, family, and our own wandering minds. It seems that we dawdle our lives away five minutes at a time.
The big question is how to defeat this tendency. How can you make use of the Internet constructively in your business without falling victim to its distractive qualities?
Try turning these strategies into daily habits that help you become more efficient and effective:
1. Use time limits. When we set a time limit, we improve our ability to focus. It almost becomes a game of ‘beat the clock’. Ideally, you should use a timer and limit your work periods to around 25 or 55 minutes – with a 5-10 minute break in between tasks. If a task is going to take longer than 55 minutes, break it down into smaller chunks.
2. Close everything that can be closed. Everything on your computer that isn’t necessary for the task at hand should be closed down. If you don’t need the internet, shut it off. That includes all your email, notifications, games, and blogs. Close your door and unplug the phone, if possible.
3. Insert a pause, as needed. When you first implement these habits, there will be times that you will have an incredible urge to check your email, Facebook, or Twitter.
The ability to focus has been largely lost for many of us. However, these easy habits, which anyone can do, can go a long way toward improving your focus and effectiveness at any task.
It’s likely to be challenging at first, but you can do it. You can get more done, in less time, by learning to improve your focus and avoiding the things that waste your precious time.
Put these three habits into play starting today. You’ll be impressed by how much more you can get done, and how much faster your business can grow!