First off be kind to yourself by ditching the guilt that you are somehow not good enough or not achieving enough and need to ‘produce more’.
Because you already are achieving more than your fair share because you’ve set out to read an article on how to be more productive!
But you realise that the technological distractions that we live with is designed to sap your time and energy.
Mobiles, tablets, computers at work and home.
And they all ping and buzz to remind us that they need our attention.
So get ready to find out how to drown out the noise and really focus on those things that matter to you the most.
Come to terms with the myth of multi-tasking
Look it’s nice to think that to be able to multi-task is a sign of efficient productivity but the reality is that the human brain cannot multi task.
The brain simply switches between tasks and you toggle which task the brain should focus on at any one time.
Having multiple tasks to complete at the same time or project managing is difficult because you are asking your brain to constantly switch gears.
To avoid burn out and an ever growing list of incomplete tasks start your day by planning your day.
This helps to prioritise those tasks that are important but it will start your day with a focused mindset.
You can also swap tasks around for later on in the week or month depending on their urgency and timeline.
Practise doing one task at a time
A day of notifications, calls, questions and answers and the hum of electronic devices is going to make you feel tired.
Your brain is taking all this in all day and will process this information and figure out which ones are important.
But our brains can only handle so much.
When your bossing your day try being mindful that these distractions are present but ultimately do not serve your purpose which is to focus on one task at a time.
Anything else will simply derail you from achieving what you want.
One way to focus on one task at a time is to practise the 90-90-1 rule by Robin Sharma.
Here’s how it works: for the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of your work day to the best opportunity in your life. Nothing else. Zero distractions.
Gain control of what draws your attention
You have a choice as to what to pay attention to but it can get overwhelming at times.
One way of managing your choices is to drop the urgency.
Not every email/text/message needs your immediate attention.
Let these things sit in your inbox until you’re done with whatever it is needs prioritising first.
When I do this I often end up deleting a lot of email and messages so I can pair down on the ones that actually matter.
Not everything is as urgent as it may seem.
Another thing I like to do is manage some of the notifications I receive from my phone by silencing apps – some of them I silence from 1 hour to 1 week.
Is there anything I’m missing here?
Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it in!