Productivity is a problem for many online business owners. Often those who own online businesses work from home, which means in addition to normal internet-related distractions, they have to deal with interruptions from family members, the urge to stop working to complete household tasks, and avoiding the temptation to take long afternoon naps. Fortunately, these tips will help you minimize distractions and stay focused.
Use a Web-Clipping App to Minimize Online Distractions
How many times have you stopped what you were doing to look something up real quick online only to find yourself watching YouTube videos of puppies and kittens an hour later? The internet’s sheer volume of information could keep you distracted for days, but it’s easier to block out the online world when you close excess browser tabs.
Instead of leaving multiple tabs open in several different browsers, use a web-clipping app, like Evernote, to save articles, blog posts, videos, and anything else you don’t want to forget about. This allows you to save websites offline so you can review them later—when you aren’t supposed to be working.
Schedule Time for Social Media
Social media might be great for marketing your business and communicating with other online business owners, but it can also be a huge distraction. Instead of leaving a browser tab open to your social media pages while you work, schedule specific time in your calendar each day to check your social media accounts.
Ideally, this should be scheduled work time that you dedicate specifically to handle business-related social media tasks. During this time, you might check in on a few business groups, check to ensure your ads are performing well, and respond to business-related messages. During this time, do your best to avoid getting sucked into personal conversations, though. You can do that when you’re finished working.
Also, since you’re limiting your social media usage through the day, you should consider silencing your phone and laying it face down on your desk so notifications don’t pull you away from work. It’s really easy to pickup your phone to scroll through your Facebook feed real quick and waste 30 minutes of your workday.
If you’re an avid social media user, it might be difficult to avoid social media while you work — at first. But if you stay on track, you’ll be used to your new social media schedule in no time.
Create a Work Schedule and Post It in Plain View
Probably the biggest distractions for online business owners are interruptions from their friends and family members. Unfortunately, these types of distractions can also be hard to avoid. You have to make it a priority, though.
Every time you get distracted while you’re working, it takes time for you to refocus on the task at hand. So, if you’re interrupted several times per day, you can easily lose an hour or two of really productive work time. That’s why it’s essential to create a work schedule and stick to it. Also, once your schedule your work hours, make sure everyone in your household is fully aware of them. To remind them when needed:
- Post a work schedule on the outside of your office door.
- Use noise-cancelling headphones when working in common areas, and inform your family they aren’t to interrupt you while you’re wearing them.
- Set reminder texts to go out to your family members indicating you’re beginning work and when you’ll be available to take a break again.
Running an online business isn’t easy, especially when you spend the majority of your working hours at home. But if you can avoid some of the more common distractions, you can make sure your work time is as productive as possible.