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How to Be a Productivity Ninja: Attention management

Extra pockets of attention

  • Take advantage of the periods when you're walking somewhere and make some phone calls. You can use your desk time for other tasks.
  • Keep both a physical and a digital file of reading materials. Take advantage of the time spent commuting or in the waiting rooms for your doctor's appointments.
  • Have a thinking list with big decisions for when you are driving or waiting in line for example.
  • Instead of talking via email with your co-workers, invite them for a coffee.

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