By Marian LaSalle
We live in a world filled with instant access to information, cool new gadgets, and constant distractions from well-meaning co-workers and friends. We need to find new ways to stay focused.
As busy business owners we need to not only complete projects and goals, we also need to communicate with clients, employees, vendors, business partners and assistants. Completing tasks and projects seems nearly impossible unless you set yourself up for success by building and maintaining good habits. These habits can be much easier if you allow yourself to use some great tools we have found in our search for help.
Use technology to your advantage to stay on track for completing those to-do lists that keep getting bigger and bigger. From blocking out distracting websites to tracking how much time you spend on social media; many tools can help you stay focused.
Let’s look at a few ways that really work.
Set clear goals: Make a list of your tasks and projects. Try weekplan.net. It’s easy and free.
Work in 25 minute blocks: Set a timer and take a break at the end of each cycle. Reset your focus by listening to music for a few minutes, taking a short walk, do some stretching or calling a friend. Try focusboosterapp.com
Shut out the world: Avoid temptation by closing your email, silencing cell phones and alerts. Think about finding a quiet place away from your desk to work. Try booking a conference room or hiding out in your office.
If you need to, set up a system for urgent messages to reach you. Be sure to block off time in your schedule to play and browse, but stick to your schedule.
Pay attention to yourself: Start to notice when and how you get distracted. What thoughts happen just before that? Are you tired, hungry, or bored?
As you learn what triggers your distractions, you can head them off before you slip into the time warp.
Set yourself up for success by taking the time to plan for a focused year!
Marian LaSalle is a business coach, trainer and show host. Discover much more at ToolsTipsandTechnology.com