There is always a temptation to multi-task that will interfere with your focus.
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44% of work distractions are self-inflicted and another 23% come from emails.
That means you have complete control to cut out (or at least drastically reduce) 67% of the productivity-killing distractions that derail your entire workday.
The number one skill that will set you apart from 99% of the world’s highly distractible knowledge workers is the ability to ruthlessly single-task.
It’s a concrete way to make sure that you’re only working on what you intentionally decided to be working on.
Use several separate desktop spaces as an alternative to one tab. One for communication, the other for different projects planned for the day.
Work offline whenever possible.
Schedule your email time.Handle any emails that will take 2-minutes or less. Add everything else to your to-do list to focus on later.
... 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 the day to sleep, exercise, be creative, and recharge. And the key to getting through your to-do list faster is by working smarter -- without sacrificing the quality of your work.
Our brain focuses best in short spurts, so dedicating 25 minutes to one activity, taking a five-minute break, and then resuming that activity or switching to another activity for another 25 minutes will help.
This is also known as the Pomodoro Technique.
Get your day started right by getting the blood flowing. In Japan, companies used to have their employees start their mornings with some light exercise.
According to the Harvard Medical School, exercise “reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.”