Friday, August 2, 2013

5 Ways to Make Your Computer Work for You - No 2

Hope you enjoyed Part 1 of the 5 Ways to make your computer work for you....here's No 2

2.  Offline
Shut down your email, switch your phone to voicemail and work on one task at a time.  There is a plethora of research that suggests when you try to multi-task you end up either taking longer to complete tasks or worse, none of the tasks get done properly.  It is OK not to respond to email the minute it pops into your inbox.  In fact, it’s probably better that you don’t.  When we see an email pop into our inbox the automatic reaction is to open or read it.  Even if you close it down and say to yourself, I’ll do it later, you’ve probably wasted 15-30 seconds, then you need to remind yourself what you were doing and later when you back to it, you are going to have to re-read it again – you can kiss goodbye to at least 5 minutes +.  Do that 10 times in 1 day and there is almost 1hr gone….and we wonder why we don’t get much done some days.

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