Stop being interrupted

Some tips to avoid interruptions and get things done.
  1. Put your phone on silent and turn it over (so you can’t see the screen).
  2. Switch off your email. You can check your email when the task is complete.
  3. Turn off your messaging clients (FB messages, Lync, Skype etc). Even better turn off your network connection if your task doesn’t need you to be online.
  4. Hide – one of my biggest distractions is people coming to my desk to ask a question. If I hide somewhere else they will call or email me if it is really important (in a corporate there are plenty of hidey holes).
  5. Focus on one thing at a time – there is no such thing as multitasking.
  6. Keep a notebook handy (or text file) – so if something pops into your head you can quickly write it down and move on.

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