Ever have one of those days when it seems like you worked your butt off but didn’t get done nearly as much as you needed to? I have had several of those lately and today, I simply can’t afford it. Drastic times call for drastic measures so I have devised a plan…
I WILL give myself ten minutes to clear my desk of everything except the top three projects that need to be done today.
I WILL open only one window on my computer so I can work on only one thing at a time. That means there will be no e-mail notifications creeping out from the bottom right hand corner of my screen nor will I receive irresistible alerts that my colleagues have posted something on our SharePoint site.
I WILL NOT open my online communications services like OCS, Skype, or Yahoo Messenger so that means there will be no tones that alert me to people trying to contact me.
I WILL place a piece of fruit right on my desk so I won’t be distracted by wanting to get up and get a snack.
I WILL put a colorful Post-it note on my telephone to remind me not to answer it and put my cell phone on vibrate.
I WILL give myself two solid hours to work without stopping unless the building is on fire.
Help me out. What else would you suggest?