Ever come in to your office ready to start work, sat down at your desk, checked emails, checked Facebook, messed around, gotten up to go get a drink, come back to your desk … and found yourself starting again? You need to stop doing that! We all need to stop constantly ‘checking’ things: email, blog, Facebook etc. In short, we should be ‘starting again’ every time we sit down to do some work.
Kelly and Carly share their own struggles with constantly start again … and then give some practical tips for eliminating it from your life.
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- Never sit down at your desk to work without a clear understanding of what you need to accomplish both for the day and for the session you’re sitting down for
- Use timers if you find you can’t sit still and focus for any decent period of time
- Stop using email for easy wins
- Turn off distracting apps
- Learn to single-task
- Exercise some self-control
- Only open your email if you intend on replying. If you’re just checking to see if anyone loves you, stop doing that. It’s not 1999. Emails aren’t exciting anymore.
- Tomorrow, before sitting at your desk, sit somewhere else, take a Post-It note and write down the one thing you must accomplish in the next hour. Then stick that note on the upper right corner of your computer screen where it will annoy you. You can’t take it off until you’re done.
- Also, you can’t ‘check’ anything. Nothing is happening on Facebook that won’t still be there in an hour.