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.
In order to be productive at work (or at home) you need to have a good, clean desk on which to work. Consider eliminating these items from your workspace:
¨ Things you used to like but don’t anymore
¨ Desk “accessories” that aren’t
¨ Excess anything (paper, pens, coffee cups)
¨ Piles (of anything)
¨ Food and drinks
¨ Make-up, lotions, chapstick, etc.
¨ Multiple pictures
¨ Office supplies you are hoarding
¨ Books, magazines, reference materials
¨ Bags, purses, containers
¨ Anything that distracts from your overall productivity
Many of these tips came from Meggin McIntosh: check out her many other great resources at www.meggin.com