Archive: August 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Friday, August 1, 2014
Resist checking your email first thing in the morning
Email messages shift your attention from one extreme type of task to another, demanding a lot of concentration and giving little time to organize your thoughts. This is why it’s best to begin your day with a little planning. Spend the first half hour making two lists, one with urgent things that must be done right away and a second list of things that can wait until the following day. By prioritizing your tasks, you will feel and become more productive.
Don’t spend the whole day online
It may feel like you have to reply to every message as it comes in. That’s not always the case. Carve out time each day to unplug from email and phone calls and give yourself some quiet, uninterrupted work time. Experiment with different work and email windows -- everyone works differently.
Set boundaries with your boss and colleagues
Once you have chiseled a window of uninterrupted time that jives well with your duties, let your colleagues and boss know about it. Set it as an on-going appointment in your calendar. If you have an office, close your door during your quiet work time. If you sit in a cubicle, wear a pair of headphones to let people around you know you’re busy.
Plan for the next day
Although it’s easy to dash home at five o’clock, try giving yourself 15 minutes at the end of each day to plan for the following day. Make one list of things to do that you will then prioritize the next morning.
Remember, a big part of enhancing productivity is planning. So, whether it's 15 minutes every couple of hours or an hour at the start of your day, incorporating planning sessions will give you the biggest production boost.
Areas to plan to become productive in: