3 Distractions Killing your Sales

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How many times have you thought, “Where did the time go?” or, “I don’t have enough time in the day?” Every­one has the same 24 hours to work with, but how you choose to spend your time can make a huge dif­fer­ence in your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty.

What might seem like pro­duc­tive work can actu­al­ly be a huge dis­trac­tion from obtain­ing your objec­tives. Reuben Yonatan shares in his arti­cle on Small​biztrends​.com 5 dis­trac­tions that are hin­der­ing your sales. So if you’re ready to nev­er feel short of time again, here are 3 you can address imme­di­ate­ly:

1. Follow-up work

We all know email can be a huge time-suck, and follow-up work falls into the same cat­e­go­ry of nec­es­sary, but dis­tract­ing tasks. Don’t dis­count the impor­tance of all the menial tasks follow-up work implies (they are part of the sales process for a rea­son after all), but instead of com­plet­ing it bit by bit, set aside a chunk of time to knock out all of your follow-up work for every­thing you com­plet­ed that day. This can cre­ate a more effec­tive and effi­cient work­flow.

2. Social Media

Oh the siren call of Face­book and Twitter…while it is a good idea to take breaks through­out the day, if you are not care­ful, check­ing social media sites or top head­lines can quick­ly turn into a bot­tom­less void. And sud­den­ly, an hour has gone by and you are behind in your work. So turn off your social noti­fi­ca­tions when work­ing, and when you do pause for a 5‑minute reprieve, set an alarm so you know when it’s time to get back to work.

3. Office Gos­sip

Yonatan advis­es, “There is a fine line between net­work­ing and shar­ing infor­ma­tion, and com­plain­ing about how awful a par­tic­u­lar client or cowork­er can be.” You don’t want to be com­plete­ly unavail­able to your col­leagues, but that doesn’t mean you have to par­take in every con­ver­sa­tion at the water cool­er (or in the next cubi­cle). To avoid these dis­tract­ing and poten­tial­ly dam­ag­ing con­ver­sa­tions, put in your head­phones, shut your office door, or use some oth­er visu­al cue to let oth­ers know you do not want to be inter­rupt­ed right now.

Remove these three dis­trac­tions from your day and you will imme­di­ate­ly see an increase in your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. More pro­duc­tiv­i­ty leads to more sales and can pro­pel you to the top of the class!

Amanda Levin

Amanda Levin

Aman­da is the Direc­tor of Oper­a­tions at Sales­Fu­el. She pre­vi­ous­ly spe­cial­ized in major accounts research and dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing trends for Sales­Fu­el Today. She holds a Bach­e­lors in Media Stud­ies from Ohio Uni­ver­si­ty.