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To create meaning in your tasks, find out why you need to do them. Then find ways to make each task fun. Owning a task in this way is likely to improve your focus.
Too much clutter on your desk can be distracting.
Organise your desk. Retain only the items you need and keep them neatly arranged. Pack the rest away.
Use only one folder and put all files related to a project into the relevant folder.
Ensure your computer remains virus-free to reduce unnecessary stress.
Have some healthy snacks close by to settle a grumbling stomach. This will keep you energetic and focused.
It’s always helpful to have a to-do list at your computer or in an accessible app.
Tick tasks off once you've completed them to provide a sense of accomplishment.
The first hour at work is the most productive.
Do the more demanding work first, followed by the less pressing work. End with the routine tasks.
Let others know that you are trying to create a more focused routine. That way you are more likely to be left alone to focus.
Unless there’s a very urgent matter at hand, they’ll give you space.
Turn your mobile phone to silent mode during times when you need to pay full attention to your work.
Set the status of your instant messaging to “busy” or stay “invisible” while working on important tasks.
Have separate email addresses for business and personal use.
Unsubscribe from senders you can do without. Organize the emails you need to attend to. Delete the rest.
Check your emails only when you’re finished with the more important tasks. Limit your email time.
To focus on your work, do not allow intermittent phone calls. Rather request your colleagues to take messages.
Once you're done with your work, return earlier calls. Ask them about their concerns, take notes and confirm that you are attending to their requests.
When you call them back, always try to limit the phone conversation to less than three minutes.
Organize your music to suite your mood.
It's common for entrepreneurs to get hung up on attempting to perfect a task.
It's better to complete the task and move it off your plate; if need be, you can always come back and adjust or improve it later.
“In order to maintain peak levels of productivity, the body needs to be fully hydrated. Just a 1% drop in hydration could lead to a 12% drop in productivity.”
Strengthen your communication skills to eliminate unnecessary rework and wasted time from misunderstandings.
Stay on one topic when communicating. Don't add too much information since it might confuse the recipient.