If You Want To Be More Productive Stop Multitasking
It’s pretty common in workplaces all over the country today for workers to have their email inbox open all day long and to be also using social media and instant messaging apps like Slack all day long. But all this accessibility comes at the cost of real productivity. Studies show that 40% of the workday gets taken up by distractions like email and instant messaging. The constant interruptions make it difficult for people to concentrate on actual work. Most of the day is a waste and it’s hard to complete tasks. Companies have started to implement cell phone spy apps in their offices to track who’s slacking.
How To Increase Productivity
If you want to increase your actual productivity and stop feeling like you’re being pulled in 20 different directions at once when you’re trying to work… You should try a system called “Deep Work”. The basic tenet of Deep Work is that you organize your day differently so that you can spend a few hours concentrating on just work without all those other distractions. In order to do that you need to do things like only answer emails first thing in the morning or last thing at night before you leave work. And during the hours that you set aside for just work you need to turn off facebook messaging, close your inbox, turn off your cell phone, and send your work phone straight to voicemail.
Build New Habits
That sounds extreme in this day and age, I know. These days we’re expected to never be out of touch. But I was intrigued by this idea of only focusing on work for a few set hours a day so I decided to try it. The first day I had a lot of trouble concentrating on just one task at a time. I felt very jittery about having my phone off and not answering emails immediately.
Seeing The Results At First Hand
But by the second day, I actually liked the silence of not being totally accessible all the time. And I found that once I was in the zone and focused on only one task I got that task done extremely quickly.
It was so much easier to concentrate on just one thing without my Slack notifications going off
And my email inbox pinging every few minutes. I was hooked.
By the end of that trial week, I was amazed at how much I had been able to accomplish. I didn’t have headaches after work and I didn’t feel so mentally exhausted at the end of the day either. Multitasking isn’t helping us be more productive. It’s actually robbing us of our ability to focus on a task and complete that task efficiently.
If you have been feeling frustrated at your inability to get more work done,
Try getting rid of those extra distractions just for a few hours a day.
You can still answer your email for an hour in the morning or join the Slack discussion after lunch. But just giving yourself a few quiet hours to work each day will really boost your productivity.
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