time management

5 Critical Qualities for Successful Self Employment

5 Critical Qualities for Successful Self Employment Taking the plunge and working for yourself can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. Being self-employed and having the freedom to do things under your control with passion for the work you do are what many consider to be the American Dream. However, self-employment can also be a daunting lifestyle for many. It takes dedication, hard work, and most of all, time, to make a name for yourself in your field.  Here are just a few of the qualities that successful self-employed people have: 1 Foresight Know what your goals are. When you work for yourself, there are no concrete paths to success. You need to carve your own way through the unknown. The best way to make it out alive is to have a measurable idea of what [...]

Everyday Battles: Fighting Distractions

Everyday Battles: Fighting Distractions One of my New Year resolutions was to become more efficient productive in 2018. I feel like I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked to (even though I‘ve made some) I believe my #1 issue is distraction, and I’m not alone. According to a study conducted by Gloria Marks of the University of California, Irvine, a typical office worker gets only 11 minutes between interruptions. It takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task following the interruption. And it’s not just phone calls of people stopping by the office that can throw you off track. Something as simple as checking email or texts messages can have the same effect. As a small business owner, having as much time as possible to be productive is essential. What Can I [...]