You probably do not want to admit, but we love the distractions. In fact, just like the monkeys, we get a shot of dopamine every time something moves our attention in another direction, because you think that checking email so often? Want to be more productive and stay focused? There are no secrets… do one thing at a time. Stop with the multitasking, it’s just another form of distraction.
It ‘easier said than done, I know.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Tony Wong, project manager experienced in keeping people focused on a task that has worked for companies such as Toyota, Honda and Disney.
Here are his seven tips [start by saying that I never managed to organize my time well, and are plagued for years by “multitasking syndrome”]
1. Work back from global objectives to individual tasks: Write “to launch the web site” at the top of your to-do list is the best way not to do so. Split the work in smaller and smaller pieces until you get to things you can achieve in a few hours, make a sketch of the layout, outline an introduction to put the video on the home page, etc.. This is the best way to be able to check the objectives included within your list.
2. Stop with the multitasking: Really, stop it. Switching from one task to another quickly does not work. In fact, change tasks more than 10 times in one day may make you more stupid when you’re drunk . When you’re drunk, your IQ drops 5 points. When you multitask, down an average of 15 points for men and 5 women (yes, men are able to handle multitasking 3 times worse than women).
3. Be firm in eliminating distractions: Close the door, put out a sign, turn off the phone, close the email and instant messaging. Turn off the connection to the Internet.Go to a quiet area, and complete the task.
4. Schedule your email: Read and reply to emails 2 or 3 times a day. Constantly check the email raises the level of noise and reduces productivity.
5. Use your phone: The email is not for conversations. Do not answer more than 2 times the same email. Then pick up the phone.
6. Work on your agenda: Do not let the events of your day to condition. Most people just got out of bed throws in the mail, finding themselves with empty mail without having done anything else. When you wake up, drink water to rehydrate, take a good breakfast to replenish the glucose level, and then sets the priorities of the day.
7. Work for intervals of 60-90 minutes: Your brain burns more glucose than any other physical activity. Typically you’ll spend the maximum level after 60-90 minutes (that’s why meetings are so exhausting River). Take a break: stand up, take a walk, eat a snack, do something completely different to recharge. Yes, this means that you need an extra hour of breaks during the day (not including lunch), and therefore the complete your workday should be at least 9.5 to 10 hours.
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Mohit Maheshwari is the CEO and strategist of a Web design india and a digital marketing agency, New Media Guru. He is also an active blogger and loves to share his experience and knowledge of the nmg digital drive, web designing and Internet marketing.
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