By Jon Allo
As a business owner your ability to stay focused is a key factor in your success or failure. Getting things done is crucial and focus is fundamental in getting things done, because your best work and most innovative ideas come when you spend your time doing deep, focused work. So, it’s important to eliminate daily distractions if you want to grow your business.
Are you ready to take charge of your day? Here are four ways to eliminate distractions and stay focused.
1. Turn Off Notifications
The most obvious way to remain focused is by turning off notifications. You may think email and social media notifications aren’t distracting because they only take ten seconds. But, research shows that even though phone distractions seem to distract you for a few seconds, they disrupt your thought process for much longer. And it becomes hard to get back on track.
Set aside time in the morning to check your email and work on your social media presence, and have another chunk later in the day. During the whole day, stay away from your phone and turn off notifications.
2. Have a Daily Routine
Having a routine is a great way to improve your focus. Establishing a routine will help you do things automatically, because you’ll no longer waste time thinking about what you have to do and when you should do it.
Whether you’re planning your outfit, creating time to do critical tasks, or preparing your meals, establish a routine and stick to it. Having a routine will help you avoid wasting time on distractions and you’ll be able to do more than you think possible.
3. Take On More Challenging Work
Are you having trouble focusing? Are you chronically distracted? This is likely happening because your work isn’t fully engaging. You feel like you’re working hard all day, but your mind is fighting boredom and it’s looking to fill time with more interesting things.
Complex projects demand more of our attention and working memory. This means we have less mental capacity remaining to wander to the nearest stimulating distraction. And we enter into a state of total focus if our abilities are fully challenged. We easily get bored when our skills exceed the demands of our tasks.
4. Stop Multitasking
Many people think they’re great at multitasking, but most of us can’t multitask at all – at least not as effectively as we think. Research shows that multitasking reduces productivity, increases mistakes, and slows creative thinking.
When working on many things at once, our effort may seem seamless, but this isn’t true. So, stop multitasking and start single-tasking. By focusing on one thing at a time, you’ll get more done quickly, efficiently, and correctly.
About the author
If you’ve been doing everything yourself, you’ll quickly find that this is a limiting factor in the growth of your business. Putting systems in place makes things quicker, and it makes it easier to outsource, giving you more time to focus on growth and new ideas. To learn more download my free checklist, A Guide To Business Systems And Automation at https://jonallo.com/biz-systems