Today I want to share with you a couple of my productivity tricks for creating insane, laser focus, conquering procrastination, and doubling your productivity.
In a bygone era, which actually isn’t too long ago, you could only be reached by phone, mail or an in-person visit. If you had a task to complete, you could shut your door and have your calls held.
Today, we have dozens of communication access points and devices that are constantly interrupting our attention from our productive tasks—e-mail, texts, IMs, RSS feeds, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
That said, one of the WORST mistakes you could make is to search for the best productivity apps or productivity software. The truth is…
You have to take control and stay in control of your attention and focus.
Here are a few techniques on how to be productive, that I use to stay focused and accomplish more in less time.
How to Be More Productive in 3 Easy Steps
1—Group: Take similar tasks and do them as a group. If I have to review articles, I save them until there is a group and then do them all at one time. If I have interview prep work or writing projects to do, I will knock out several at a time.
If I line up an appointment out of the office, I try to schedule all of my outside appointments for that day. Grouping similar tasks is also why you should only check your email twice a day. Let it stack up so you can power through it more quickly, rather than allowing it to distract you throughout the day.
2—Chunk: Now carve out chunks of time to handle your group tasks. For instance, I block out time on my schedule to process email, make phone calls, prepare for meetings, prepare for media appearances and presentations, and even manage my social media and networking.
I also schedule blocks of time to just think about something. Now, when I am in a chunk, I don’t do anything else—just as if I were in a closed-door meeting. If something urgent comes up, when it’s done, I look at my calendar and see what chunk I am supposed to be in and get back to it.
If you’re having a hard time carving out chunks of time for laser-focused work, try these tips from a recent Darren Daily.