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Keys to Help You Stay Focused
Key #2: Steer Clear of Distractions
Yielding to distractions will divert your focus and steal your time. In order to steer clear of distractions, we must be aware of our weaknesses in this area—those temptations that easily sabotage our focus. Distractions can be harmless—even noble—activities. They come in many forms and may be different for everyone.
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Potential Distraction: If youíre
inclined to want to help everyone or have difficulty saying ďnoĒ
to requests for your time, youíre not alone. Many business owners deal
with this dilemma.
Potential Distraction: You
canít run a business without a phone, but it can be hard to break a
reactive habit of picking up the phone whenever it rings.
Potential Distraction: Email is efficient, but many now find itís out of control, consuming too much time.
Potential Distraction: Itís
easy to get bogged down with busywork—the myriad of tasks that
need to be done, but certainly arenít high priorities.
Potential Distraction: You
can probably do most things in your business very well, but donít be
tempted to try and do it all yourself.
Potential Distraction: Office clutter is a distraction that can fog your focus, divert your attention and waste your time.
Entrepreneurs working from a home office face additional distractions.
Potential Distraction: TV
can become a time-consuming addiction.
Potential Distraction: Family interruptions can cause frustrating distractions that prevent concentration.
Potential Distraction: Working all the time can result in burnout that erodes energy, motivation and focus.
There is Enough Time for Whatís Important
About the Author: Victoria Munro is co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly, a company dedicated to creating success for small-business owners through creatively designed programs and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different businesses. To receive FREE business success articles with tips to help you with your business, sign up for their award-winning ezine, “In-Flight Refueling,” at: LLCwww.Make-it-Fly.com, and receive a free copy of the eBook, Get More Done in Less Time: 101 Quick and Easy Time Tactics & Tips.
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