Steverino's non-negotiable-best-advice-rules for getting s%*# done...

Hello hello hello you zen soul you...

I read a stat recently that should have surprised me, but didn't...

Did you know that in an average 8-hour working day you're distracted so much that you lose 6 hours of productivity?

You might want to reread that last sentence slowly. 

Yep...

That's just two hours of productivity for even the savviest time-management gurus walking amongst us.

The top culprits (in no certain order)...

  • Using email like instant messenger...
  • Needless meetings...
  • Overreliance on technology...
  • The one person in the office who has to tell you everything about their personal life before you've even had time to finish your morning coffee...
  • A lack of prioritisation and planning (this one is your own fault)...
  • Redundant information...
  • And, about a dozen other non-productive distractions...

So, how do you swim upstream against the tide of unrelenting shallow work that begs for your attention?

For starters, go to https colon www dot steve knox dot us forward slash productivity and download my free productivity map for crushing your day.

You can take back your day by having a game plan....

And, the beautiful thing is it only takes 15 minutes.

Secondly, drive a stake through the heart of the time vampires who want to suck your limited energy away from you.

How? Glad you asked.

Repeat this simple line,

"Thanks (insert name) I'd love to hear more about it later today. I have 10 minutes free right after lunch".

Try it out for a while. I guarantee they'll leave you alone. 

Block out your day. I prefer to work in 90-minute chunks. If you structure your day in this micro-sprints you'll not only be more focused, but you'll also be amazed at what you can achieve. 

Which brings me to email...

If you're drowning in email, I recommend three things:

1. Stop responding to emails that don't matter. The people that really need to will get ahold of you.
2. Schedule 90 minutes every other day to deal with must-answer emails. MWF works well.
3. If you absolutely have to respond to an email, then cut to the heart of the issue and pick up the phone.

A wise woman told me a long time ago:

"Never send an email when you can make a phone call. Never make a phone call when you can talk in person. Never talk in person unless what you're about to say is useful."

Oh, and about meetings. Never take a meeting where an agenda wasn't sent through ahead of time and the outcome/objective wasn't clearly stated and agreed to beforehand. 

Here's to being more intentional...

Steve Knox