My laptop recently crashed (so much fun) and I had to reinstall the operating system. In doing that I had to reinstall all of my software programs onto the computer. While I was looking for the software discs I found some really old ones.
Take the time today to go through your computer ‘stuff’ – software, old boxes, cable cords, cd’s and flash drives—- toss everything that is old or that you have no idea what it belongs to.
And while you’re at it– take a peek at your computer: what old programs or files do you have on it that you can delete?
Turn off the email notifications and alerts on your cell phone and computer. Why? Because every time that bell rings it is a distraction. Did you know it takes 16 minutes to get back to what you were doing after a distraction? Think about how many times that alert goes off during the day and how much more you would get done if you weren’t distracted. I have a client who recently did this and says it is the best thing she has done. You can still check your email whenever you want. Just turn off the notification so that you continue to work and get things done, checking email when it is convenient for you rather than the minute someone emails you. Because let’s face it– not that many emails need our immediate attention.
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Are work tasks taking forever? Do you lose track of time and end up getting nothing done? Try this downloadable timer for your computer. It is a great timer or stopwatch. Try these 2 tasks:
1) time yourself the next time you are working on something to see how long it actually took you to complete
2) set the timer for say 20 minutes and check in with your progress when time is up– great for power focusing on tasks
When your time is up it will either play a noise, close an application, open an application, etc. It’s a simple download that runs in the background. Great for increasing productivity! Give it a try:
Maybe, just maybe at the end of the year– the shear volume of your filing cabinet makes you clean it out. Or maybe you know to take everything out for the year and start fresh. But do you clean out your old computer files as well? You should! When you create a new file– can you delete the old one? At the end of the year take some time and delete old files. Is someone else actually responsible for the document and you can delete it? Your computer can run slow if it is too bogged down, so don’t forget to take time to clean out your virtual files!