Distractions are what I’ve dubbed as the Silent Success Killer in my soon to be released book: Brilliant Breakthroughs for the Small Business Owner – Volume 2. Why is this important to Small Business Owners (SBOs)? Each day, we continuously encounter distractions and it negatively impacts our Business Success Rate.
This is why books from Stephen R. Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and First Things First) were #1 Bestsellers and are still selling at ridiculously high volumes over 20 years after they were released. We need help managing our workload, and more importantly ourselves!
In the book I shared a Gallup Interview of Dr. Gloria Mark. It revealed that in 2006: when we are working and get interrupted, “it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds” to attain the same level of concentration as what we had prior to that specific interruption.
This is remarkable research. I find this significant, do you?
This means, if you even get back to the same level of concentration, it erodes over 20 minutes of potential productivity! Think about it. You can really only manage 2 interruptions an hour!
NOTE: This research was conducted before everyone had (1) their cell phones ringing and flashing at us, and (2) regular social media interruptions.
I don’t think the odds are moving in our favor to become more productive, do you?
That’s why I share another fascinating fact in the book about how we create distractions for ourselves. Our productivity levels are impacted by how well we manage our distractions.
If you aren’t getting enough completed, considering minimizing your distractions. Turn off your phone and don’t check your emails for 2 hours at a time is a great start. Work your way up to longer blocks of time without checking your phone and email. Once you get this figured out, distractions won’t be negatively impacting to the degree they have been!
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What one thing could you do to minimize your distractions? Feel free to share what’s going to give you great impact in the comment section.
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