As business owners, our attention is pulled a million different directions — from clients to employees, and email notifications to boot — it’s hard to feel like we’re all in “one-place”; it’s hard to feel like we are ever getting anything DONE.
We asked all of you business owners what you do to say focused and productive, because we know it really can be difficult.
And you answered! Here are some great productivity tips business owners shared about how they get work done:
1. Andy Crestodina of Orbit Media Studios:
“Here’s the trick: remove everything but that one thing you’re working on. Take away anything that might get in your way. Start with the biggie: social media.
I put all of my social media accounts into tabs in one browser, and I only look at that browser at certain times of day. When I’m doing social media, I’m focussed. When I’m not, it doesn’t distract me.
That browser is also where I put articles that look interesting, but I don’t have time to read at the time. Reading and social media time go together for me, since I often want to share things I’m reading with other people.
My times for reading/sharing/social media are early morning (7am to 8am), midday (lunch) and late afternoon (5pm – 6pm). That’s how I stay focussed!” — (@crestodina)
2. Lynn Bardowski owner of Million Dollar Party Girl:
“That’s a good one. Ask yourself, Is what I’m doing building my biz? If it’s not, dump it or delegate it. — (@LynnBardowski)
3. Ebong Eka, CPA & business writer:
4. David A Brock of Partners in Excellence:
“Know what’s important vs urgent. Focus on what’s important. 2. Don’t let technology distract you. — (@davidabrock)
5. Mana Ionescu, owner of Lightspan Digital:
“Concentrate App. Also I put a closed sign on the back of my office chair. — (@manamica)
6. Susan Solovic, Co-founder of SBTV.com and NYT Best selling author:
“I shut down email, phone & social media. I block off time on my calendar & I’m disciplined about avoiding interruptions. — (@SusanSolovic)
7. Dan Forbes, Founder of Lead With Giants:
“I close my office door announcing I’ll be unavailable for a certain period of time. Eliminates interruptions. — (@DanVForbes)
8. Joe Connolly, CBS Radio & WSJ:
“For focus go deeper into material. get up.walk for 3-4 mins every 90 mins. to write better, write & then say it better aloud.” — (@JoeConnollyWSJ)
9. Gini Dietrich, President of Arment Dietrich & SpinSucks:
“I always turn off my email. Literally take all accounts offline and get down to it. Sometimes even put my headphones on. — (@ginidietrich)
10. Paul Herman, Founder of Herman & Company:
“Shut door to office to avoid outside distractions, check email only twice a day and put soft background music on!” — (@HermanCPA)
Your turn! What are some of your best productivity tips? What do you do to help you stay focused?
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