As a small business owner you wear many hats. Along with all those responsibilities come a slew of distractions. Unearth what’s digging a hole in your time, and learn how to deal with distractions like the boss you are!

Never-ending Questions from Team Members

The Problem: Your team members interrupt your workflow with their questions. You have to stop what you’re doing, solve the problem and then get back to your previous train of thought.

The Solution: Encourage your team to think through the problem and solve things on their own for issues that don’t require your immediate attention or approval. If they have a matter that just needs your guidance or is an FYI, ask them to message you or send it in an email.

Overflowing Email Inboxes

The Problem: You’re spending the majority of your time reading and replying to email and have precious little time for anything else. Wading through your inbox may deplete hours from your day.

The Solution: Email is a great form of communication, but only when it doesn’t become a distraction. Organize your inbox with folders ranging from your most important correspondence (team members, vendors, clients) to your least important (newsletters, offers). Limit email time to 10-minute intervals and only check the non-urgent folders a few times a week.

Overwhelming Operational Concerns

The Problem: You try to take it all on yourself: solving IT problems, maintaining accounting records, ordering office supplies, etc.

The Solution: Time equals money, especially for small business owners. Save this most valuable of resources by investing in outsourced help. Let experts in areas that you’re less familiar with free up your time for handling what you do best.

Scheduling, Scheduling and More Scheduling

The Problem: Trying to coordinate calls and meetings with team members, clients and vendors drains a lot of your time.

The Solution: You may not have the budget for a full-time office manager yet, but consider a virtual assistant. Not only can it save you money, but you’ll gain focus, time and efficiency.

Exhausting Yourself with Fatigue

The Problem: You do too much, which results in you being tired all the time.

The Solution: You are passionate about the success of your business, but you have to make time for yourself. Schedule enough time every day to rest. It will clear your mind and help you recharge so you can make the most out of the time you spend working toward your goals.

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