Do you ever feel overwhelmed at work? We all get distracted by various things like office chatter, email notifications, meetings, and other interruptions. These distractions may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is they are costing you a significant amount time and money.
Defeating office distractions may be easier than you think! It will take self-discipline, but by implementing a few changes to your behavior you can take charge of your responsibilities, tackle your to-do list and improve your productivity.
Follow these 5 tips to help you work smarter, not harder!
Plan Your Work
At the beginning of each day compile a small list of things you are able to accomplish and hold yourself accountable. Start with two or three tasks that are the highest priority and work from there. Low priority projects can create distractions by falsely increasing the length of your to-do list.
It is important to block your time for the day. You can use the “Power Hour” approach to help keep you focused. Spend 40 minutes exclusively working on a project, next take 15 minutes to check your email and then take a 5-minute break.
Block Your Time
Another good practice to increase productivity is to schedule meetings in a row. When you only have 30 minutes in between meetings, chances are, not much work will be getting done. Breaks in between meetings can lead to lost time and productivity. Schedule them back to back whenever possible.
Eliminate the Unnecessary
Pick a day of the week to be your organization day. By keeping your desk and work-space clean you can save time by knowing exactly where everything is and what needs to be done.
With all of the advances in technology, we are not only distracted by what is around us, but also by what we are wearing! Check your email, phone, and Apple Watch first thing in the morning and then turn the notifications off. Take control by limiting how often you check your email and leave the other technology out of sight.