I've done a few little things that have helped keep me focused now that I don't have the physical motivation of a boss and a workplace surrounding me to crack the whip so to speak when I get a little lost and unmotivated during my work day.
Some of the changes I have made which might seem small but have made a huge difference:
- Banning my phone in my office for periods throughout the day
I check my phone a few times a day, phone people back and also make scheduled phone calls to clients when they have been arranged however I now put my phone in another room. This is helpful as I don't get distracted and start scrolling through social media, start texting etc. It probably has saved me about 30 to 45 per day, which if you calculate it over a week has been incredible.
- Banning the phone from my bedroom
Following on from the first point, I was finding I was letting my brain go in overdrive and by moving my phone out of my room at night when I was sleeping and setting up a traditional alarm clock I have saved myself from benig overstimulated and not letting my brain rest.
- Getting fresh fruit and veges delivered every week
This has helped me to start healthy and eat well when I get distracted and forget to go to the store
- Get up early and work when I am at my freshest
This is a simple one for me, I am now starting at 5am and working for a few hours and then taking a big break in the day. I never work at night, as I am too tired and I make mistakes. This has been a huge change for me and works really well. Plus there are less distractions
- I am more honest
I am far more honest about what I am available to do and I am working on being less of a pleaser. It is early days so that's hard, however rather than quickly saying yes to everyone, I am trying to stop and be more honest about what I can do as opposed to what people want me to do.
- I project manage and set realistic expectations
I am learning to project manage and keep people up to date with progress. This is a challenge and I think it will take me a while longer to master this however rather than hiding under a rock when things aren't going to plan. I am emailing people to update them and setting the expectation so that I don't have issues with people being disappointed.
What small things have you done that have made a huge impact in your business life and work day?