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Productivity and Distractions

Life is made of distractions.  Before you read this entire article, you will be turned away or distracted by an ad on a website, your phone, your TV, a colleague, pet, etc.  The point is, productivity can increase when distractions decrease.  This, mixed with applying the 80/20 principle, will allow you to accomplish massive gains in the areas that are the most important to you.  Below are 3 steps that have helped me to increase my productivity and may help you increase yours.

  1. Turn Off Distractions : Email notification windows/sounds, messenger notification windows/sounds, cell phone ringtone, cell phone text message tone and more are set up to alert you of something happening.  In most cases, you do not need to drop everything you are doing and get to them right away.  Turning off these notifications can allow you to focus on your most important goals and tasks.
  2. The 80/20 Principle : Focusing on your most important goals and tasks comes straight out of the 80/20 Principle.  To do this, you need to focus 80% of your time on the top 20% of your goals or tasks that will give you the best return.  On the flip side, 80% of your goals and tasks will account for 20% of your success.
  3. Email : A lot of people spend most of their day with their Email client window up.  Some, refreshing their email waiting for something to come to them.  To increase your productivity and get more things done, you need to limit yourself with email.  Depending on your responsibilities, some people can limit themselves to twice a day while others can only limit themselves to once an hour.
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  1. Will on March 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Good article Chris.

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