So how do you make the move from doing everything at once to doing one thing at a time when you are surrounded by multiple electronic demands? Here are a few tips to get you started.
1.) Turn it off: When you are working on a report, program or project, switch your cell phone, television, and e-mail account OFF. Your texts, emails, and voicemails will all be there when you finish your work.
2.) Go linear: Do one thing at a time, then the next thing, and so on. When you find yourself texting while you are out to dinner, turn the phone off and focus on the people you are with until dinner is over.
3.) Set deadlines: You are more likely to focus on a task with a deadline.
4.) First things first: Work on your most important task before checking email, texts and voicemail in the morning.
5.) Avoid distractions: Close your door, clear your work area, and hold all calls. Manage your time instead of letting everyone else do so!
Until next time…