ELIMINATE WORKPLACE DISTRACTIONS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
While most of us accept that distractions will be a part of our day, if your intention is to get things done and to stay productive and focused, you’ll need to minimize those distractions. No, we’ll never be able to eliminate them 100%, but we can certainly try. Here’s what you can do to cut distractions.
- Block Time On Your Calendar (And Stick To It). Use your calendar to its full advantage. Mark time off for e-mails, for all projects, phone calls, Zoom calls, you name it! If it’s part of your normal day, put it on your calendar. Even throw on time for miscellaneous stuff. Then share it with all relevant parties and stick to it. If you’re working on a project between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., that’s the word.
- Use Sound To Your Advantage. A common source of distraction is sound: it can be office chatter in the background or even neighborhood sounds (for those working from home). Find a sound that complements your workflow. It might be chill music or the sounds of rain or a babbling brook. Find the right sound that helps you zone in and blocks disruptive sounds. Forbes, March 15, 2021
THE 2 BEST INVESTMENTS YOU WILL EVER MAKE
Practically every successful person has something in common with every other successful person. Millionaires and billionaires share these habits – habits that are absolutely crucial if you want to achieve the success that’s on your mind.
- Read, Read And Read Some More. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are prime examples of this, but it’s one of the most common traits among the most successful businesspeople in the world ... They are constantly reading: books, blogs, newspapers, magazines and anything else that enriches their personal and professional lives.
- Get Educated. Whether you hire a private coach, take courses (like continuing education) or hire consultants, there are pros who can teach us more about what we do (or want to do) and how to improve ourselves or our businesses. While we may be good at what we do, there is always room for improvement – you just have to be open to it. Inc., Feb. 24, 2021
THE #1 WAY HACKERS BREAK INTO SMALL BUSINESS NETWORKS
Cybercriminals always have new ways to break into business networks. However, there is one method of entry in their toolkit that works better than anything else – and it isn’t new!
What is this #1 way they break into business networks just like yours?
It can take many different shapes, from phishing and smishing scams to simple phone calls. According to a 2020 Security Intelligence study, nearly one-third of cyber-attacks start with a phishing e-mail – and the number is rising. This highlights the need for employee education on cyberthreats and how to identify these types of scams. After all, your employees are your first line of defense against these kinds of threats!