I guess that the title of this post is maybe a little straight forward and almost hints that you might just not have the common sense to do what you are supposed to do. I don’t mean to be rude or anything, but this realization just hit me this week: I am very distracted.
It seems that with my increase in use of Twitter and Skype, I spend an inordinate amount of time using these two applications. I have been known to interrupt whatever I am doing at the time to see what has just been tweeted, or posted in a Skype room. Now I know that some of you will say that it is good to keep up on current events and participate in discussions, but what happens to your business because of these activities?
I am a good example of this, as my online business has pretty much been stagnant for the past couple of months – sure it is profitable, but the growth leaves something to be desired. In the end, I only have myself to blame, and I am pointing all ten fingers at myself.
But I can change, right?
At least I think I can, or should be able to. I know that it will be tough, but it needs to be done. In order to accomplish this change, I have a computer now solely for work with no messaging clients or email software installed. I know that some of you might feel a little bit disconnected if you were in this state, but if it means that I am more productive, it is well worth it.
I am also going to institute a more rigid work ethic for myself and work for 50 minutes out of every hour that I am sitting at the computer. It may sound tough, but that was the routine that I was using just one year ago, and I used to get a lot done.
If I can stay with the new work system, I figure that I can increase my productivity by three to four times what it is currently, and get back into double digit growth. I will report back here on my results over the next week – it will be interesting to see if I can be disciplined enough to make it happen.
Just remember: Focus on What Counts and Ignore the Distractions and your productivity will be maximized.