As a business owner, you want your employees to be focused on work during work hours – even though that doesn’t always happen. Constant distractions happen throughout the workday. But there are things everyone can do to stay on track.
Create a schedule and stick to it. If you’re like most people, your day is filled with constant emails, phone calls and texts. It’s hard not to respond when they arrive. Creating a schedule to focus on one thing at a time will allow you to put all of your attention on one particular task. That includes scheduling time to check emails and texts and responding to messages left for you. Sticking to a schedule will decrease the amount of time you spend distracted.
Don’t be afraid to say no. You don’t want to be rude to any of your coworkers, but sometimes you may have to decline when they ask you to do something. When you are trying to focus on your own work, you can easily become distracted by the many other things that others have asked you to do. Stay focused on your work and let them know you will be available to help once that is completed.
Keep a clean workspace. That stack of things to do on your desk or workspace can be a big distraction. It’s a reminder of all you have to do. Consider moving them off your desk. No, not to the garbage can, but to a drawer or a shelf. Taking on one project at a time will keep you focused. When it’s done, move on to the next.
At Hortica, we understand that it can be difficult to stay focused throughout the day. Use these helpful tips to eliminate distractions and have a more productive work day.