How productive are you? How productive is your team? To get an accurate answer, you have to know what productivity really means. We may think that it is the amount of time we spend working on a task, when in fact it is about our consistency and how effective we are at completing our tasks. If your business is doing well, you may think that you and your team are being productive. But did you know that a typical manager or supervisor gets interrupted every 8 minutes? And an employee gets interrupted an average of 7 times in an hour? Also, according to a statistic, an employee is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes per day. Lots of wasted time and the main culprit is distractions.

Business owners have the immense responsibility of making sure that their ventures succeed. The company’s success or failure does not only affect the entrepreneur’s life but the staff’s as well. A lot is on the line so it is essential that distractions should be at least kept to a minimum or completely eliminated. Easier said than done as there are a lot of distractions in our everyday lives that if left unchecked can and will divert you from reaching the finish line. Start getting rid of distractions and start winning.

Silence Your Phone

“I finally realized that people are prisoners of their phones… that’s why it’s called a “cell” phone.” -Anonymous

According to a study, people who put away their smartphones during work are 26% more productive. This just goes to show how much of a distraction they can be. Don’t get me wrong. Smartphones are awesome devices that make our lives easier and keep us updated on the latest happenings around the world but they are a major source of distraction. We cannot help but check them each time we hear that notification tone. If you are on an important task or project, put away your phone so you can focus on the job at hand. Without distractions, the sooner you can get into your flow.

Set Daily Objectives

It’s easy to get distracted when you have a long list of tasks to complete. To avoid the feeling of overwhelm, set daily objectives. List down 2 to 3 objectives you have to accomplish every day. Before you know it, you’ll almost be done with that seemingly long list of tasks. By doing this, you are not only stopping yourself from giving in to distractions but also keeping yourself stress-free.

Declutter Your Workspace

When you are about to tackle a big project or complex task, always make sure that your workspace is clutter-free. Those various knick-knacks on your table may look cute but they can make your mind wander. The less unnecessary stuff you have on your table, the more you can focus on what needs to be done.