I see them everywhere, in Starbucks, in the store, at the mall and yes sadly even driven their cars. I call them the focused unfocused professionals. They really think they are accomplishing a lot, but actually they are wasting time and not producing at high levels. They are busy, but not productive.
They are wired like a circuit breaker, they have the iphone, ipad, they are talking, texting and just about everything imaginable. If you asked them they would tell you that they are multi-tasking or getting the most of out their time. But the science proves our minds just don’t work like that. I recently read an article that stated we are distracted most of the day, and this distraction leads to less production throughout the day.
So here are three tips to help get the most from your day:
#1 Write down three major things that you will accomplish each day. No sense in creating a list of 100 things that you do not have the time or energy to do. This just makes you feel unproductive at the end of the day anyway.
#2 Set a time when you will check emails and reply. Read the email once, reply right back. Delete the email if need be. Never let emails stay in your inbox, create folders for recurring emails like newsletters and so forth.
#3 Have a plan in place to be effective during your non-work times such as lunch, drives to work and home. Use this time to listen to audio books or to meditate. Use this time to shut down. Turn everything off and just relax and recharge.
When you focus on less, you really will accomplish more. I like to give myself 90 minutes to work on a project. I give my full attention to that project. I take a 10 minute break and if the project needs more time I will give it more time, but usually 90 minutes is enough time.
Learn to get more from your day and not just make it through the day.
What are some tips you have for staying productive? Please share!
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