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8 Tips For Finding Focus And Eliminating Distractions

8 Tips For Getting Your Focus BackOccasionally we need a reminder about how to get our focus back. Here are 8 tips for finding focus and eliminating distractions written by Matthew Toren for YoungEntrepreneur.com. Many you’ll have seen before, but there are some original ones, and interesting/controversial perspectives that I have excerpted here. You don’t need to be an entrepreneur to find these useful.
  1. Shut your door: I know this seems like the opposite of good management practice. Aren’t you supposed to be available to employees when they have a problem? Well, if you aren’t focusing on your business they will definitely have a problem — finding another job. Right now as an entrepreneur it’s company first, employees second. And maybe if they can’t reach you they will take some initiative and solve their own problems.
  2. Stand up when someone comes into your office: This means that your visitor can’t sit down and most people will get tired of standing and leave when their business with you is done. If someone is particularly long-winded despite standing, come around your desk and walk them out the door and down the hall. Then excuse yourself and head back to your office.
  3. Limit outside attention grabbers: How often do you check email, Facebook, your cellphone? Do you take your own calls or leave that to a front-office person? Can potential suppliers get instant access to you when they walk in your office door? Every one of these is pulling you away from your main business. Schedule specific times to address these outside issues so that you have uninterrupted time to do your real job.

Of these 8 tips for finding focus and eliminating distractions, I thought that his suggestion in Point (1) about it being the company first and employees second was pretty punchy, yet a fair point. I can understand that as the business owner it’s too easy to get involved with the day-to-day, and sometimes administrative, tasks if running a relatively small business, rather than focusing on the value-added/income generating tasks of the business. However, shutting your door to your employees who are helping to grow your business may not be wholly welcomed by your employees. I like the point about standing up when people enter your office though. If I was an employee entering the office, I’d have to fight back the urge to say “do take a seat,” and to sit down and make myself at home.