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Let it Go

 Published on: 2nd October 2015   |   By: Nik Allen

For those of you with children under the age of 11 when you hear ‘let it go’ you’ll probably be thinking of the Disney phenomenon Frozen.

For me the words ‘let it go’ have been hard to apply when it comes to my business.

You see I’m a bit of a control freak, I can be guilty of micro managing and some of my more frank staff have said I can get in the way a bit sometimes. I have trouble ‘letting go’.

I’ve taken that on board and done something about it. I used to have a corner office with glass walls that meant I could see everything that was going on.

I don’t mean that in a prying, Big Brother type way it was just the way the offices were set up when we moved in.

Trouble was I’m easily distracted. This meant that whenever I looked out from my glass cube something would catch my eye and my train of thought derailed for a good 15 minutes.

I’ve moved into the office directly opposite which we used to use for meetings. It has traditional walls, a big solid door and the view is nonexistent.

I took the decision to do this because I felt I could focus on the business more if I did something to limit my distractions. It’s working.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I moved and although my new working space is nowhere near as fancy I am getting a lot more done. I’m working on the business rather than simply in it.

I use my time to plan, review and monitor how the business is growing and create our goals for the future.

My team have even noticed that I pop out of my new office far less than my old one.

It sounds a really small, simple thing to move office but it’s had a huge impact on increasing my efficiency and all importantly effectiveness.

It’s really helped me with my focus and I wish I had done it ages ago.

I’d love to hear how you have made improvements to the way you work and maintain focus.

Thanks for reading,

Nik

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