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|Today’s tip: Create a “No Interruption Hour”|
You have a lot to do, but it feels like you can never get things going each day. Sound familiar? Well, Here’s a simple trick you should try this week for getting one more task done at work or at home.
Create a No Interruption Hour each day. Each day, designate one specific hour that you can block out for focused work time.
- Check your schedule once a morning and choose an hour that allows you the best chances of not being disturbed
- Commit to this time by writing it into your planner, Outlook or smartphone schedules
- Email co-workers (or family) an hour before the specific time when you will be unavailable
- Create a voicemail greeting that fully explains when you’ll be available on today’s date, and that offers alternate means of contact (e.g. email, text)
- Shut out all distractions by turning off your phone, closing your email program, and closing your door
- When the hour is up, schedule time to respond to any email, voice, or text messages you might have received
Distractions can eat away your productivity in small chunks due to the time it takes you to regain focus. You typically don’t see the damaging effect of interruptions. Make a personal commitment to at least one undisturbed hour each day and you will be surprised how much more you accomplish.
|Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org|