Great Tip To Become More Productive!!

Discussion in 'Productivity and Motivation' started by MyFreedom, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. MyFreedom

    MyFreedom New Member

    I wanted to pass on a tip that I have learned that has helped me to become more productive with my home business. It's simple too. Turn off your e-mail alert and only check your email 2-3 times per day MAX! It is so easy to get distracted when you are working so diligently and you hear an email come in or someone sees you on Skype or Instant Message. When you stop what you are doing and check your email, etc. you are not as productive as you could be. It takes quite awhile to get back to what you were doing after the distraction! Try it![​IMG]
     
  2. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    Yes, it is better to check your email only once in a few hours
     
  3. cherie27

    cherie27 New Member

    For me, i check my email once/twice a day. And i turn off my IM, when i am doing things for my home business to avoid distraction.
     
  4. westfam11

    westfam11 Member

    I totally agree MyFreedom. That is a very big time waster.

    The world is not going to end if we don't answer our e-mail
    30 seconds after it arrives. That is what I used to do and then
    I would wonder why I didn't get anything done at the end of
    the day when I "thought" I had been working all day.

    Great tip.

    Becky
     
  5. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    westfam11: ...and then I would wonder why I didn't get anything done at the end of the day when I "thought" I had been working all day.
    We've all been there at some time or other. Sooner or
    later we figure out that being busy is not the same as
    being productive.

    Hermas
     
  6. karma

    karma New Member

    Thats a tip im going to take on board for sure. I sometimes find myself checking my e-mail as an excuse not to get down to serious work. It is actually becoming almst an obsession because i check the Sam folder almost as often. Unproductive or what?
     
  7. johntanyishin

    johntanyishin New Member

    Yeah, I once had the problem of checking emails too frequently as well, the 'thinking train' just lost its track, if you know what I mean.

    It's frustrating to get interrupted while you are focusing to do something.

    Another strategy to share is the ABCD strategy. I've forgotten where I got it from.

    Basically, you put the tasks you want to complete into these categories. This a daily plan, so it's better to complete this list before you go to sleep or before you start work. In this way, you have a clearer picture.

    Act now

    Before the end of the day

    Cannot leave to the next day.

    Delete or delegate

    JTYS
     
  8. mycats

    mycats New Member

    yes at one time I spoent too much time checking on emails and IM,

    So now I stay invisible so people do not know if I am around when I am working online.
     
  9. sashawk

    sashawk New Member

    Absolutely.

    Time management = single-handling your highest-outcome tasks and pushing them through to completion (not to 99% of completion -- this is worse than 1%, as far as your feelings of accomplishment are concerned).

    I would venture as far as to say that every revered executive in corporate America, will offer a definition resembling this one (this isn't something I figured out on my own).

    As Goethe said, "Things which matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least."

    Sasha
     
  10. BlueJ33

    BlueJ33 New Member

    Yeah, that's what I do too. I check my email when I get up before school, once I get home, and then once before I go to bed. Without some sort of discipline, it can suck a lot of time...
     
  11. BigCash247

    BigCash247 New Member

    What I do to save time with emails is instead of checking my email 3-5 times a day (which I used to do), I take a a minute or two to check my email with my PDA in my downtime... sitting in traffic, having a cup of coffee sitting in Starbucks, at the park with my kids, etc....

    Jaime
     
  12. Phil Stones

    Phil Stones New Member

    Yes I check morning and night and use two PCs so it is easier!
     
  13. glindow

    glindow New Member

    Email has rarely been my problem. Computer games are, and myspace can get me in trouble now and then too. I solve the computer game problem by generally not installing them on my laptop, which is what I use to go online, work online and do my writing, either work writing or casual writing. I then take my laptop to another room.

    Doing so at least helps reduce the tempation.
     
  14. Webclicker

    Webclicker New Member

    I am a newbie to this forum, but not to working at home. The hardest thing for me was to get it into my fiber that I work at home now. Organization was my answer and setting a minimum amount of time to dedicate to my business daily. For example, my motto: P.R.I.D.E.= Professional Results In Daily Efforts
     
  15. rcarney6

    rcarney6 New Member

    johntanyishin: Yeah, I once had the problem of checking emails too frequently as well, the 'thinking train' just lost its track, if you know what I mean.

    It's frustrating to get interrupted while you are focusing to do something.

    Another strategy to share is the ABCD strategy. I've forgotten where I got it from.

    Basically, you put the tasks you want to complete into these categories. This a daily plan, so it's better to complete this list before you go to sleep or before you start work. In this way, you have a clearer picture.

    Act now

    Before the end of the day

    Cannot leave to the next day.

    Delete or delegate

    Thanks for the ABCD idea!

    Another thing, I seem to have to watch out for is the increased need to exercise when I am spending a lot more time sitting down each day.
     
  16. Claymerica

    Claymerica New Member

    I agree! I have to turn everything off around me and focus on the task at hand or i end up on myspace facebook and checking emails which interrupts everything thought process and it takes me forever to get back into a "groove" especially if im writing articles.
     
  17. dannyathome

    dannyathome Guest

    To become productive I think you must concentrate and focus yourself and time on what you are doing.
     
  18. writerros

    writerros New Member

    I must admit I do keep my inbox up all the time - but I go through all my emails every morning, and I only reply to emails that are really important - i.e. a client.

    But I do agree that it is a bit distracting to look every time there is a message - and even clients can wait for a couple of hours! I will take this advice on board and give it a go.

    Now - if someone could cure me of my growing Twitter habit....

    Ros
     
  19. Dimasalang

    Dimasalang New Member

    I check emails daily, early in the morning when I just woke up. I do other stuffs that are not work related so that when its time for me to work, I'm more focused on my work rather than worrying bout my emails and other stuff.

    Try to wake up early and your time will be more manageable. [​IMG]
     
  20. daymo

    daymo New Member

    great tip my freedom.

    it is so easy to get distracted in our business. as we are working from home its very easy to get sidetracked.

    we have to stay focussed, i used to listen to music to help my brain work for my business but i have stopped doing that too now.

    no email alerts and no music until i finish my work for that day.

    sounds bad....but we all have to stay focussed for success
     

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