It’s hard to stay focused in the summer and the cost of interruption is significant. To help, here are 2 changes I made that are working well.
Bringing Back the Rolodex
Writing key information for each client on an index card instead of using an online document. (Information like: location, time zone, Skype ID, a brief bio, contact information and best method of contact – formatted the same on each card.) The improvement in productivity was immediate, and I loved the quick, automatic retrieval of information without having to type anything, or navigate online distractions.
- A break from the computer
- A chance to utilize the “write it down to retain it” theory
- The intangible benefits from having a visual cue and the tactile experience of reading on paper
Is there anything you’re storing electronically that would work better in written form?
Getting Control of Your Email
For anyone struggling with managing their Gmail inbox and the frequency of checking emails, The Ultimate Gmail Productivity System for Business, is a fantastic resource. I find it useful for personal use too. The 3+ hour course offers strategies and tools to cut your time spent on email and increase productivity. ($49 on udemy.com)
If you’re overwhelmed by clutter and paper piles, and tired of wasting time on busy-work instead of good work, contact me for ideas of what you can do to work more efficiently – email@example.com or (704) 236-9181