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
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.
This article is just what I am going through. Most days I feel productive. But being productive in my lonely home office is not the same as sharing ideas, challenges, and discussion with a group of people. We all need human interactions and collaboration. Let me hear from you in the comments. What does a sole entrepreneur do to get feedback and human collaboration?
One of the reasons people end up working in isolation in business has to do with our view of productivity. It’s a flawed mindset: We think we are most productive when we work alone, answering email, solving problems, and researching issues. We head straight to the keyboard because we think that’s where we will be more productive.