The new year is a great time for a fresh start. Give thought to the systems and processes you apply to get things done at work and home. Here are 5 things you should stop doing to make 2016 a more successful and productive year.
- Reduce the noise from incoming email
Turn off the automatic send and receive feature on your email and the pop-up alerts that tell you when new email has arrived.
Turn off email alerts on your phone, do you really need to be alerted every time some one decides to interact with you?
- Stop checking your email every 5 minutes
This one is hard, I struggle with it at times, check your email at pre-determined times each day and then focus your attention on the work you have already committed to instead of constantly looking for something new and quick to work on.
- Don’t let others take over your day
Do you really need to answer every phone call, instantly react to each email or engage in long conversations with no real outcome. Before you start that dialog (electronic or face to face), give thought to what you could have accomplished in that time. I agree at times you need to engage and help others, but at the same time, you need to prioritize your time to deliver on your own commitments.
- Stop sitting at your desk for extended periods of the day
Taking breaks throughout the day will increase your productivity, get up, walk around take a few minutes to clear your brain and do a bit of a reset. One tip, don’t grab your phone and spend that time checking Facebook.
- Eliminate distractions by cleaning up the clutter
This is a definitely problem for me, my desk at home is cluttered with things I need to do. When I am working on a difficult project or task it is too easy to just look around and find something simpler, faster and more fun to do. Block out some time to organize the clutter into projects or next actions, document those in your system of choice (email, todo list, etc..) and then get them off your desk.
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Happy New Year !