Limiting Distractions in the Workplace and Improving Your Chances of Success
Whether you're operating a business that primarily sells wholesale beading or jewelry-making supplies, you'll need to be focused in order to achieve your goals. All entrepreneurs face distractions that can take time away from being productive and making money.
One of the catches to being a self-made business owner is being your own boss--this means that you have primary control over all situations, which can be a double-edged sword. While it's nice to not have to answer to anyone above you, you'll need to exercise a certain amount of self-discipline to make sure you're putting in an admirable effort to keep your business afloat.
Distractions are everywhere, whether you operate your beading company at home or own an actual storefront. The key is to know how to work around them and say "no" to people in your environment in order to maintain a certain level of productivity.
There are many common causes of distraction in the workplace. Some of the primary ones include email, phone calls and unexpected visitors. You can't predict or prevent many of these distractions, but there are ways that you can handle them effectively and get back to work. Here are some tips on how to stay focused while on the job:
Limit your Web surfing time
It can be easy to get distracted while handling business on your computer if you have internet access. Soon, minutes can turn into hours while visiting your favorite website, putting a grinding halt to your productivity.
PCMag.com reports that there are certain ways that you can limit yourself from going overboard with casual internet browsing--take browser extensions, for instance. Google Chrome has several extensions that can block or limit your time on certain websites that you might visit as a form of procrastination. Of course, you'll need to specify which sites, but this is just one of many effective measures to stay focused.
Know when to pick up your phone
BusinessKnowHow.com reports that while your cell phone may be one of your biggest distractions, prioritizing your calls can be the key to making sure it doesn't keep getting in the way. Instead of picking up the phone for everyone who gives you a ring, screen your calls effectively. Is it just your best friend calling to follow up on dinner plans, or is it an investor calling about an urgent matter? It might take some getting used to, but learning when to pick up can help you save several minutes each day.
Write down all of your distractions
There may be a moment in the day when you've completely lost focus and you're starting to become overwhelmed by your responsibilities. Forbes Magazine states that in these instances, the best thing you can do is write everything down.
This involves simply grabbing a piece of paper, a pen and jotting down everything that comes to mind when you think of what's distracting you (no matter how trivial you think it may be). Once you run out of things to write, look at your list--this will give you a solid idea of what's distracting you. From here, you can prioritize what you want to deal with and when you want to do it, making it easier for you to manage your time.
Try your best to block out the outside world
AOL.com states that one of the best things you can do in the workplace to increase your productivity is to block out the outside world. If you operate a storefront, make sure you have an office you can go to while your employees hold down the fort. At-home entrepreneurs can consider creating an in-house office, far from other busy and noisy rooms.
Although it might be initially difficult to tune out everything around you, learning how to focus can help you immensely over time. If you don't have a private place where you can seek refuge, bring headphones to close out the world around you when necessary.
Mind your email carefully
Another big distraction for many people is email. It's easy to feel the impulsive need to check it every time you hear a "ping" in your inbox, but this can quickly translate into wasted time. Use the tools your email provider gives you to sort your messages accordingly. For instance, Gmail allows users to sort their messages and prioritize them to their liking.
Although it can be difficult to become more focused in the workplace, there are many tactics you can use to make yourself more productive. In the end, you'll be increasing your beading company's chances of success and generating a reasonable profit.
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