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Get Rid Of Distractions & Increase Your Productivity
1. Compartmentalize Your Life. By breaking down your life and business into easily digestible compartments, you will improve your focus. Creating systems and grouping tasks together will also help you to waste less time and focus more on the tasks at hand.
2. Set Appointments in Time Blocks. Setting appointments together will help you to focus on one thing at a time. Meetings should be clustered together. For instance, you should free up time on other days by scheduling your meetings only on Mondays and Thursdays. This will help you to have more time for recreational activities as well as revenue producing tasks.
3. Avoid Distractions. Phone calls, random meetings, TV, email and radio can distract you in the midst of tasks and should be avoided as much as possible. This seems obvious, but it is such a temptation to have the new episode of your favorite TV show playing in the background. No one can work well in these situations, no matter how much you may justify it to yourself.
4. Avoid Last Minute Meetings. Unscheduled face to face meetings should be avoided whenever possible. Encourage everyone to wait to schedule meetings so that everyone can focus on productivity and single tasks. Of course this can be a problem when the boss insists on useless meetings. If this becomes a problem, have a one on one talk with him or her about how this is affecting employee performance and productivity.
5. Understand Your Big Why. You should always know why you are doing what you are doing in the first place. This seems silly, but we all have that boss that assigns busy work for the sake of keeping you busy. You should always understand why you are doing the task in order to eliminate distractions. You should ask yourself three important questions:
What would you do in one week if you knew you only had one week to live and you could not tell anyone this?
What would you do in one year if you knew you only had one year to live and you could not tell anyone?
What would you do in ten years if you knew you only had ten years to live and you could not tell anyone?
6. Make Fewer Commitments. While it is always fun to go out with your friends or throw a dinner party, it can be downright irresponsible to engage in such activities if you know you have important tasks that need to be completed. Maybe going to the movies can wait until after you finish that big business proposal.
7. Have a Place for Random Ideas. Random ideas can sometimes be the best you have! You always want a place to store these crazy, spontaneous ideas before they escape you. You do not want to get distracted from the task at hand, but take a moment to jot it down before you forget. Remember your priorities, do not bounce around from task to task.
8. Eliminate Leeches. Leeches are not necessarily people, they can be anything in your life that is preventing you from moving forward. If something or someone is not giving you any satisfaction yet you feel tied to them or roped into them, release them and say no!