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5 Simple Ways to Minimize Workplace Distractions

We’ve all been there – those days we sit at our desks, chasing our tails and getting next to nothing done. It’s hard to stay focused these days, especially with so much technology at our fingertips. Emails rolling in; office, home and mobile phones ringing; instant messages popping up; it’s never ending. But what happens when you have a deadline to meet and can’t afford to keep being interrupted? Here are 5 simple ways you can minimize office distractions and get down to business.
  • Do Not Disturb – It’s so simple, we often overlook it, but simply setting aside time and letting others know it’s not ok to interrupt can do wonders for your productivity. Shut your office door, hang a handwritten “do not disturb” sign on the handle, and put your nose to the grindstone. 
  • Use Your Phone Features - In today’s day and age, it’s simple to take control of your communications, especially with a feature-rich virtual phone system.  Forward your calls to voicemail or have another team member handle them for you until you’ve completed the task at hand.
  • Avoid Juggling – As a small business owner, you’ve inevitably had to learn how to multi-task, but believe it or not, this isn’t always conducive to accomplishing your to-do list. What often happens is that you end up running in circles, wasting time and not really getting much done. Instead, try planning your day out and group similar activities together to make the most of your time.
  • Be Honest – Everybody gets overwhelmed from time to time. If you’re busy, be honest with people. If someone on your team continuously interrupts you when you’re in the middle of something, have a heart to heart and set some boundaries. 
  • It’s all about Willpower – Successfully managing workplace interruptions often boils down to willpower. You have to be committed to taking charge of your schedule, planning out your day effectively and closing off the world while you’re getting something done. It’s challenging, but you can do it if you set your mind to it and make it a priority.
Distractions in the workplace are a necessary evil. It’s how you handle these distractions that will be the difference between a struggling small business and a success story. Put these five simple tips into action and you’ll be amazed at how much you can get accomplished!

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posted by Rebecca Daneault @ 10:08 AM