Small Business Articles from Make-it-Fly®
By Victoria Munro
Are distractions stealing
your time and revenue? In our information-laden
world we’re barraged daily with a tempting array
of possibilities and products—a myriad of Bright
all vying for our time and attention. Those BSOs contending
for our interest may be good and worthwhile, but they
also divert our focus and decrease productivity. As
a small-business owner who must wear many different
hats to keep your company going and growing, maintaining
focus is vital. Without it, you’re unlikely to
turn your goal—your dream—into reality.
Use the list below to spot ways you can minimize distractions,
maximize your time, and increase productivity and revenue.
Keys to Keep on Track
define your ultimate goal and keep it before you.
your ultimate goal in mind, create a daily ‘to-do’
list, prioritize the tasks and stick to it.
and concentrate on the most important task you should
accomplish each day.
when your prime time is and maximize it.
to recognize and say “no” to opportunities
and requests that take your time and don’t
move you forward to where you really want to go.
to check your email and surf the Web only at scheduled
computer applications you aren’t using
phone-free times—break that reactive
habit of reaching for it whenever it rings, and
let voicemail take over
the office door when working on an important task—leaving
it open invites visitors
Keep a notepad handy to jot down ideas etc. when
your own thoughts interrupt you
Recognize BSOs for what they
are, quickly shut them down and get back to the task
at hand. When we’re focused, our productivity
increases and we feel good about our accomplishments
at the end of each day. Choose and apply one or two
of the keys above to increase your focus this week.
© 2005-2007 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
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and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different
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