Distractions are piling up at an alarming rate, making it more difficult to be productive during the work day. Here are three simple things that you can do to find more time in your business day and get more accomplished.
Don’t go online for the first hour of the day: Make a no email/no Internet rule for the first hour of your day. Do any strategic work, writing or projects that require deep thoughts first, in peace and quiet, before you start getting distracted with emails, Internet surfing and to-do items.
Unsubscribe from newsletters: Pare down the number of emails that hit your inbox on a regular basis, especially those newsletters that arrive once a week or more often. If you are unwilling to fully unsubscribe, set up an alternate email address to send extraneous emails to. If you have an assistant, consider having him or her scan and summarize those emails to save you even more time.
Pre-load your social media interactions: Tools like Tweetdeck, Hootsuite and other social media interfaces allow you to pre-program your social media interactions. This means that you can spend a pre-determined amount of time on setting them up and avoid the time wasting maneuver of going back and forth from your work to social media multiple times throughout the day.