Today is the final day in our series of Small Business blog posts, just in time for the end of Small Business Week in the USA. We’ve covered topics from “taking the plunge“, through to naming your business. We’ve asked you for networking tips and ways to avoid admin and at the end of the week we’re looking at ways to help avoid procrastination. Leave your comments on the series of blog posts for your chance to win a range of prizes!
The internet is full of distractions and endless excuses to procrastinate. I’m sure we can all happily say it’s a lot easier to play a game of Stackopolis than it is to complete your taxes, file your expenses, send an important email or finalise a design for a client.
In order to help you stay focussed, the team at FreelanceSwitch have pulled together “10 ways to eliminate distractions” in a single awesome blog post. We thought their tips were so great we’ve shared them here on the MOO blog ‘at a glance’:
1. Turn off your email, IM and Twitter and phone notifications
2. Turn off the Internet. Pull the plug!
3. (If you need the internet to work) find a way to block out distractions
4. Headphones – music is a great way to fall into your own little (focussed) world
5. Create a DO NOT DISTURB sign… co-workers will soon get the hint
6. Clear workspace clutter – create your own Zen Desk, free of ‘stuff’
7. Clear computer clutter – create your own Zen Desktop, free of distracting icons
8. Handle interruptions – find ways to quickly get back to the task at hand
9. Use minimal programs (without all the distracting bells-and-whistles)
10. Distraction time – allow yourself 10 minutes to unwind once every hour!
You can read the whole post over on FreelanceSwitch.com.
As well as helping you beat the distractions and wonders of the internet we wanted to share some more tips on improving your productivity‘ (from the mind of David Allen). David’s “Getting Things Done” (GTD) method and book are all about the art of stress-free productivity. He’s delivered talks at Google and other big institutions, but that doesn’t mean to say that the advice isn’t transferable to your small business. You can read more about GTD on the GTD TIMES Blog.
We’ve probably taken up enough of your time, but before you head back to work and being productive, we’d love to hear how you beat procrastination. Please share your top tips for getting things done in a small business in the comments below.
The “top three” comments (as judged by the MOO Crew) will win a set of prizes from our friends at Firebox! Check out what you could win:
We’ll also be giving away copies of David’s popular GTD Book for our other favourite comments! Winners for the entire week will be announced on 1st June 2010. Check the MOO Blog to see if you’re a winner!