Disruption is a chronic problem. Endless construction on roads, subways, and buses that breakdown and bad drivers that make you swerve to avoid being hit. Working in an office or at home is very similar. You are always looking to find peace and quiet, but it is a tough search. Over 50% of workers state that they lost more than an hour a day because of constant disruptions. Take back your day!
The very first thing you must do is decide. Decide what it is that disrupts you from doing your best work. Go grab a coffee at the local shop and take a notebook with you. As you enjoy your brew, go through your day, hour by hour in your mind. Make notes of when you realize that you are being disturbed by others, social media, and anything else that you can think of. Now beside each one of the reasons that you came up with, write down a permanent solution. For example, are you disrupted by something you do, like constantly pulling out your cellphone? If the answer is yes, ask yourself if you truly need that cellphone at your desk? When you are addicted to social media, it is up to you to cure yourself. Go cold turkey now and lock that cellphone up in the glove compartment of your car.
Headphones are no longer just for listening to music. Many companies and work at home folks are switching to wearing headphones. They signal that you are focusing on a task and should not be disturbed unless a meteorite is going to strike in a moment.
Headphones can block out disruptive people and noise. You can wear noise reducers or wear a pair with music/sounds that help you focus on your tasks.
Many disruptions come from being online. You are constantly being bombarded with emails, pop-ups and the like. A very simple way to avoid this disruption is to disconnect from the internet and work offline. When you are working on projects that do not require internet, shut it down or move to a separate computer that does not have internet capability. A lot of people who write for 3 or more hours per day, simply use a separate computer as a word processor. You can sit in a quiet spot at the beach if you wish and type away distraction free.
If you work in a busy office atmosphere, look to see if you can hold different hours than most of your co-workers. Can you start two hours before anyone else comes in? How about starting later in the day and when everyone disappears at five p.m. and you have the whole office to yourself?
Working at home has more possibilities. While not everyone can do this…some people are night owls. They prefer to work from after supper to late in the morning like 3 or 4 a.m. Some even start at midnight. It really is a case of what your body prefers and can handle.
Working at home sounds like a dream. But some people are unable to make it work for them. They feel isolated from society or they cannot control the actions of family or room mates. If you are unable to work without constant interruptions and everything you have tried, doesn’t seem to work…try something else.
Look for very affordable office space. There are many companies that offer rented small offices in a large office space. In those offices, you will get a small office with a door and no phone to bother you. There will be a receptionist at the front, to hold any possible visitors you may have. If you are a cold calling salesperson, you may be in an office next to a novelist. You just never know who is seeking a quiet space to produce quality work.
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Making decisions can be hard work. Studies show that making decisions is quite draining. In fact, there’s a limit to the number of decisions we can comfortably make each day. Many of us get stuck when it comes to making big decisions and this lost time can never be regained. There’s an advantage to being decisive.
Those that struggle with life tend to make decisions slowly and change their mind often. Successful people make decisions quicker and stick with them. If you can be more decisive, it’s likely your life will improve.
Make decisions quickly and confidently with these strategies:
- Understand why you’re hesitating. When you’re stuck, there’s a reason. Figure out what that reason is and you can move forward again. Are you afraid of failing? Making a decision you can’t undo? What’s stopping you from pulling the trigger on your decision and charging full-speed ahead?
- Know your values. Decisions are easier when you know what’s important to you. Having a firm grasp of your values makes many decisions obvious. If you don’t know who you are or what’s meaningful to you, decisions can be tricky.
- If you need to clarify your values, write them down and put them in order. Now see if your decision is easier to make.
- Set a time limit. Stalling rarely results in a better decision. It only wastes valuable time. When you can’t choose between two or three options, it means that they’re equally as good. It would be better to pick one and get busy. Give yourself a day or two to make up your mind and then charge ahead.
- A poor decision is often better than no decision at all. If you’ve given your situation any thought, it’s unlikely you’re even considering a poor decision.
- Make fewer decisions. There’s a reason that many CEOs and even a few presidents choose to wear the same thing each day. It cuts down on the number of decisions they have to make. You can only make so many decisions before your decision-making apparatus becomes fatigued.
- Do the simple things the same way each day, such as eating breakfast. Save your energy for the things that matter. Create as many habits as you can to free up your mind for those important decisions.
- Avoid trying to make the perfect choice. Every option you have available to you has advantages and disadvantages. You’ll never find the perfect option, so avoid wasting your time and energy finding a solution that doesn’t exist. Narrow your options as best you can and then pick something.
- Be clear on what you want to accomplish. What are you hoping to accomplish with your decision? Imagine you are trying to decide between two vacation destinations for your family. Both sound good, but which is the best? That depends on what matters to you.
- Is it important to save money?
- Take your kids to the beach for the first time?
- Go someplace educational or historical?
- Stay close to home?
- Sleep in a tent?
- Think about what you want to accomplish with your decision and the best option will be more apparent.
Do you struggle with the big decisions in life? If so, you’re not alone. Decisions can seem so complicated, but the act of making a decision is often more important than the actual option chosen.
Know yourself and your desired outcome. Narrow your options and make a decision. Then, forge confidently ahead based on whatever decision you’ve made.
The most expensive and difficult function of any business
is acquiring new customers.
The reason it’s difficult has nothing to do with you, your business or your marketing. It has to do with the growth of the Internet and the tremendous number of scams and charlatans that lurk online offering every bogus product and service you can imagine.
People today are often highly skeptical of any product, service or offer… both offline and online. Consider the last time you heard an offer that you thought sounded valuable. You more than likely discovered that the offer came with certain restrictions, mandatory conditions or a buyer beware non-guaranteed transaction.
Prospects buy with their eyes… not their ears. They also need to know, like and trust you before they will buy what you’re offering. Or they need to know and trust the person that’s recommending what you sell.
Take GroupOn as an example. They have a stellar reputation and a high consumer confidence rating. They send out emails at 6am and often in two hours they generate hundreds of new customers for their member businesses. Many of these businesses have to take on additional staff just to handle the influx of new customers GroupOn generates for them.
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Today we’ll talk about shameless self-promotion. That’s right, I said it! Shameless! After all, we are learning from Paris Hilton here.
It’s all about self-promotion! Self-promotion comes in many forms and you can use different tactics to get your name out there. Look at politicians! Talk about self-promotion and in some not so discreet ways, at that. But, seriously, consider some of the major superstars we all know. Madonna, Donald Trump, Howard Stern and Bill Clinton, just to name a few.
We all self promote. Did you raise your hand in class to show the teacher you knew the answer? Of course! That’s self-promotion. This is the kind of self-promotion we are talking about. With dignity, class and the knowledge to back it up. If you self-promote only to prove you don’t really know what you’re talking about, you’re going to lose business.
Natural self-promoters are the former and I want to tell you about the three major traits they have and use to build themselves and their businesses.
- The first is position. You need to position yourself around people who can make a difference in your life. You need to do this frequently. You need to wake up every morning and ask yourself “Who can I meet today who will make a difference in my success?” In fact, go a step further, write it in big, bold letters and tape it on your bathroom mirror.
Who can help me meet my goals?
Is it a prospective customer/client? A colleague with contacts? An association with key members who may become prospects?
Don’t settle into interacting with the people who are the easiest to access. You need to reach outside your comfort zone and there you will find a wealth of new connections that will bring you great success.
- Now, let’s talk about Style. No, this doesn’t mean you need an Armani suit to bring in more business (though, let’s be honest-it wouldn’t hurt) J What this really means is how are you different from your competitors and others in your industry. What makes you memorable with customers?
If you are meeting a lot of people and they don’t remember you once you leave the room, you have a serious problem! This means you have an opportunity to present yourself in a more memorable way.
There are lots of little subtle changes you can make. Reassess your:
- Business cards
- Company message
- Your picture
- Your wording
Maybe even, your hairstyle (of course, now we’re back to the expensive suit, but it really works!)
You get the idea. There are lots of little ways you can work on making your image and business more successful. Also, consider how you sound on the phone and how you greet people at meetings or other events. Think about your 30-sec elevator speech.
- The third trait of natural promoters is repetition. You can’t say it once and leave it at that. Successful self-promoters say it as many times as they need until they get a response. Would you remember a commercial for Coca-Cola if you only saw it once, no! You see it over and over and eventually you head out to the store.
You, also, have to make multiple impressions on those you are networking with in order to build brand awareness. Repetition is in direct connection with positioning. Once you find people to network with, reach out and find hundreds more who can help in your success as well.