Distractions: The death of an Entrepreneur

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My goodness!! I haven’t blogged in 2 weeks! I could very well make the excuse that I am too busy to blog; but that would truly be just an excuse.  To be honest, I was too distracted to blog and I did not manage my time well.  For that reason, I thought it would be a good time to discuss distractions and time management. .

OK, I get it- Life is going to happen and from where I sit, it always seems to happen to me!!! I have come to realize that every day that is spent distracted is a day that is wasted. I cannot complete anything unless I make the choice to prioritize. I figured that I definitely needed to get it together.

As female entrepreneurs, we tend to have quite a few extra duties. Personally, I work full time, run a business and run my house. I get up early and go to bed late. I am too old to lose sleep; with that notion in mind, I presume that I have to manage my time better. Furthermore, I have been distracted with my home for the past 2 weeks. Birthday parties, housecleaning and grocery shopping (coupons!!) had overtaken my life. Not to mention the fact that I made a very difficult decision to cut ties with a very close friend. I was very overwhelmed!! BUT, I had a plan!! Here are some of the tips that I used to minimize distractions and maximize the time that I spend working toward my successes.

1. Turn off the phone – Pick a time frame during the day that you will work without distraction. Once you have decided call/text all of your close friends and let them know that you are not available by telephone or text for that time frame unless it is an emergency. I started switching off my telephone when working because some days, speaking to my friends to friends is far more entertaining than working!

2. Utilizing the crock pot – I have learned to use EVERY appliance in my house. I prepare crock pot meals, make rotisserie chickens in my ShowTime and use my George Foreman for grilled veggies. It cuts back on my time tremendously most days; dinner is done before I get home. Meal planning is a great help.  Especially if you are the type who does not like fast food.

3. Make a schedule- I bought a HUGE calendar last week (it hangs on my closet door so that I can see it) and I have a list of tasks that I must complete before I go to bed each day. I feel accomplished when I cross something off my list! On occasion, I use my phone as an alarm so that I do not spend too much time on a particular task.

4. Incorporate the children- Sometimes I give my children tasks to complete before I arrive home from work so that I can go right into my work day.  I may ask that the kitchen is cleaned so that I can immediately start on dinner or that they print my manuscript for proofing (This morning, my daughter took the rollers out of my hair while I typed this blog!).  My children are always ready, willing and able to help. It makes them feel like a part of the team.

5. Say “no” _ when people ask for your help and you know that you have other things to do. Find the strength to say no and do what you have to do.  Unfortunately; other people have no idea what is going on in your world- if you allow them your time; they will have no problem utilizing your time.

I hope that these tips will help you; they have most certainly helped me over the past couple of weeks.  It is so easy to be distracted because work is…well…its work!  Stay focused and do your best to rid yourself of distractions. You can do it…I have faith in you!

Devon Keith is the author of upcoming book “The Single Mother’s Guide to being a Diva” and the blogger at www.makeithappendiva.com. She is also the owner of Blingerie Custom Crystal Embellishments.

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