This is from an interview with Marketcircle, the company behind my favorite productivity solution for work and life: Daylite
Most company employees spend too much time in email applications; reading, answering and creating conversations that don’t actually move the business forward.
All of us deal with email, people and meetings. Here I share some steps to help you manage and prioritize what is important to you. If you have two minutes I promise you will learn something and I give a time-back guarantee. Thanks for reading!
If you want to be more productive and focused in 2016 shut your phone up. Take control of your phone. Turn off notifications: sounds, badge alerts and banners.
Be respectful to the people in front of you. Be present and listening. Give yourself this same focus. Be more engaged in the current objective without interruptions.
How to turn off notifications on the iPhone:
Related article: Zero Notifications by Joel Gascoigne
In this article Chris outlines his theory (backed by science and his own experimentation) how food intervenes with energy, thus productivity. I have to agree. It’s not just what we eat but how we consume food.
Try this yourself: eat your normal lunch (fast food, processed foods) in your normal habit (eating fast) and keep a journal of how you feel for the next couple of hours. Write it down. Be honest. Next, the following day bring your lunch (healthy-unprocessed food) and eat this mindfully (slowly, thinking about each bite) write down how you feel. You decide, which feeling is more energetic and productive.
Being more productive is hard. Change is hard. Make small consistent changes over time and you will become more productive.
This article will change everything you believe about multitasking.
These four practices — multitasking, task switching, getting distracted and managing multiple projects — all fit under the label “multitasking”. This is not just because of a simple linguistic confusion. The versatile networked devices we use tend to blur the distinction, serving us as we move from task to task while also offering an unlimited buffet of distractions.
In the modern world, multitasking is the norm. Understanding when this is a benefit and when this is destructive is key to productivity.
What has our attention will not get easier, but managing inputs/distractions/focus will allow us to be successful in the 21st century and beyond.