One week left in this challenge and I hope it has been beneficial to date. If you have any other tips or methods you use to stay productive at work, please share them with me.
You've got the basics for great productivity, got some motivation going and things are moving along well.....then something interrupts.....and another interruption.
We've all had interruptions, whether we are a stay-at-home mom (Number one interrupter lives here), constant phone calls at work, or anything else. We need to find a way to either deal with interruptions or minimize them before they disrupt and derail our productivity mojo.
How to Lessen Distractions
Let's look at 4 ways to lessen distractions at our jobs:
1. Block off time
I mentioned this briefly on Day 9 to simplify your schedule by working in batches. I'll explain this further that this is blocking off periods of time where nothing happens except your scheduled work session.
If you're writing then write - nothing else! Turn off all the phones, close your emails, turn on some music and just write. Block off another section of time for nothing but phone calls, another for emails, and so on.
2. Single Tasking
Stop the multitasking! Whether you block off chunks of time or not, avoid multitasking. Your level of productivity actually decreases with more tasks worked on.
How many times have we been on a roll, stop to run off and do something else and return only to have your train of creativity derail? Try and keep working at one task until it's completed, or you have fizzled.
3. Have set working hours
Whether you work from home or not - establish your working hours. Then tell your family and friends you cannot be reached during those hours. You can say you'll check your messages and texts on set break times, but work is work. The same goes for your clients and boss, inform them that you will not work after hours.
This really helps with the work-life balance and staying productive. You might even find that with the time blocking and single-tasking that you're getting more done and can shorten your working hours for your family.
4. Act the Part
I know one of the great benefits of working from home is that we get to work in our PJs, work on our laptop on the couch and not bother with "looking good". But this is self-destructive to productivity.
If you work from home then act the part of an employee or business owner! Designate an area to be your office, dress decently - you don't necessarily need business attire, but don't stay in PJs. Clean yourself up as if you're meeting someone in person. Another trick I've found is to actually put some shoes on while working. I put on my running shoes in the morning, even if I don't plan to leave the house at all that day, it gives the feeling of "gotta go" - so go!
This really works as you're not mentally "distracted" by the lazy feelings of what you're wearing or where you're working.
Productivity Quote of the Day
"Focus. If you chase two rabbits, both will escape"