Boost Your Productivity in 3 Quick Steps

Productviity Clock from Stress ExpressDistractions are Everywhere; Productivity Suffers

In screaming color, moving fast, making noise, distractions fly across your computer screen, your phone, your office such that it's tough to concentrate and maximize your productivity.  In fact, new research from the book, Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey, says most people focus on one thing for 40 seconds and get distracted.  Then it takes you 50% longer to get back to work and between 25-27 minutes to return to thoughtful concentration.

So how do you turn off the distractions and amp up productivity?

  1. Psychologist Larry Rosen says most of us check our phones every 15 minutes. Change your settings on your phone so that everything is grayscale.  The phone is much less distracting without color and movement happening.  Also- when you really need to focus, turn off your phone completely and turn off any alerts on your computer.  60-90 minutes of uninterrupted work means you are getting things done. Productivity goes up!

The internet can hurt your productivity

2. Disconnect at night- say between 8 pm and whenever you wake up.  Turn your phone off or put in airplane mode.  You will focus more on your family and loved ones, and you will sleep better without the blue light wreaking havoc with your brain.

3. Track your time for a whole week.  Record somehow- whether using an app or a timesheet for every 10 minutes of every day.  You'll probably discover you're spending way too much time on social media and not nearly enough time with your loved ones.  One woman discovered she spent much too much time cleaning her house and got an automated vacuum. Really study your sheet at the end of the week.  Are you doing what you want to do in your day?  What could you eliminate to boost your productivity and also have more time for fun?

Focus means letting go of distractions. It requires awareness, discipline and choice.  Years ago, Barbara Sher had a phrase that I love: "I'm choosing between the best and the best in my life."  So not choosing between the bad and the good, or the good and the better, but the best and the best. . You can make the same choice.

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Is Lack of Trust Costing You Business?

"Lack of trust is your biggest business expense." David Horsager

"Trust, Not Money, is the Currency of Business and Life"

lack of trust creates stressThink about it.  What products do you buy consistently?  Why?  Because you trust that they will deliver their promise every time.  And what happens when they don't?  You change products and they lose your business.  The same is true for everything in your life.  When someone you respect breaks agreements with you, you no longer trust them.

Growing your trust edge is one of the best ways to get more business, grow your clientele, and improve your life.  So how do you do that?

In his book, the Trust Edge, David Horsager describes 8 qualities of trustworthiness, all of which can be developed and honed.  These include:

Clarity- people trust the clear and mistrust the ambiguous

Compassion- people trust those who demonstrate caring for others

Character- people value those who do the right thing rather than the easy thing

Competency - people have confidence in those who stay current and knowledgeable in their industry

Commitment- people believe in those who are reliable and steadfast through adversity

Connection- people want to follow and do business with those they like and have a relationship with

Contribution- people want to work with those who get results

Consistency- people love to see small things done consistently; it builds trust.

As you work on growing your business, spend time thinking about how you can develop each of these qualities, both in yourself and in your culture.  The way you train your employees in how they deliver goods and services can make a huge difference.  Do they meet their deadlines consistently?  Do they treat others well with compassion and caring?  Do they have clarity about exactly what they're supposed to do for whom by when? Do they know what they're doing?  All of these qualities are key to building trust internally and externally. You can cultivate greater trust in your organization and it will pay off in countless ways.

"Trust multiplies influence and impact." David Horsager

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