Monday, January 10, 2011

Productivity and Focus tip

Has this ever happened to you?
You’re working on a project, and suddenly get inspiration for another project or task, perhaps you remember some other small job that needs to be done, or maybe you receive an email asking you to do something quickly for somebody else. It’s tempting to stop what you are doing and work on this other task, after all it’s just a small little thing and won’t take much time, and once it’s done it will be one less thing to worry about.

The problem is that our brains take time to switch focus from one task to another, and if you are constantly interrupting your work to change focus, then you are losing a lot of productivity.

Here is my solution, write it down for later, then put it out of your mind and carry on working with the original project. In my previous post, I spoke about using a “To Do” list, this is the ideal place to write this down.   It takes mere seconds to do, and you don’t need to shift focus in your brain from one task to another, then back again.

Simple and effective.

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