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Distraction at work has increased manifold. The reasons can be anything from shrinking office spaces, to open office culture that promotes 'visual noise' or even to push-notifications and instant m...
Most of our email is replied on the spot and has incomplete information, which leads to a lot of back and forth dialogue.
To minimize this, reply at a suitable time when you can provide suffi...
We keep checking email, instant messages in our smartphones or office PC, and even social media, whenever we get the urge or any new notification.
Allotting specific times to check your phone...
Use some visual aid like a pair of headphones to signal to your colleagues that you'd rather not be disturbed during that time.
Close all loops in a meeting, taking care of actionable points, further steps to be taken, responsibilities assigned and due date decided.
Don't use the Reply All feature, as it is less noisy to only email people who need to be informed.
If there is too much distraction at your main office desk, opt for a third space to do your focus work, in the office, a cafe or even at home if possible.
Turn off all your push notifications from your smartphone and only check for any new update at your own time, manually.
Newer versions of smartphones have a built-in Do Not Disturb feature that limits your phone buzzes to only the essential contacts.
You can also turn on the airplane mode feature to silence ev...
If possible to implement, strip away the unnecessary approval layers, which are the cause of delays, paperwork, and poking.
Urgent but not-so-important work is one of the leading causes of distraction, as the unanswered phone and unread email look like work but actually pull us away from real, deep work which could be p...
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There are mainly two ways to communicate within a company: synchronous and asynchronous communication. While the second type has always been widely practiced, as face-to-face meetings or any other ...
While real-time communication inside of a team might lead to solving faster some issues, it also has various disadvantages.
For instance, having your colleagues come to ask you questions to which you feel pressured to answer on the spot leads to you being continuously interrupted, which results in being less productive and feeling stressed or even getting a burnout, as you try to do everything in proper time.
When the employees are provided with control as to when they are willing to communicate with their co-workers, there are many advantages that emerge.
For instance, having the freedom to decide exactly how your working day should look like leads to more satisfied employees as well as to better communication within the team. Further benefits vary from feeling less stressed due to better planning to greater transparency and more efficient work.
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... is to maximize your productivity when you are working so that you can get more stuff done in shorter periods of time.
By working smarter, you'll find yourself with more time in th...
The best one for you depends entirely on your working style and personal preferences.
You can use a physical notebook around everywhere you go, but it's easier to use a to-do list app or tool that syncs across all your devices. That way, you can access your to-do items whenever and wherever you need to, whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on a business trip.
Write out your to-do list the day before:
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Knowledge workers aren't factory workers. There is no direct correlation between how much time they spend on the job and their output.
For knowledge workers, the 8-hour workday doesn’t make s...
The structure of most working environments punishes people for efficiency and rewards them for looking busy. We need to shift our focus from the number of hours spent on something to the quality generated.
To make a 3-hour workday feasible, design the right environment to make it possible.
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