Productivity and Focus (LOOK! a Bird!)

As I approach a change in employment, I’ve found myself examining many different aspects of my life. I suppose that’s normal for people in this stage of life. It’s a time to look back and see what you did right and wrong. Looking back helps you to improve and move forward with a better foundation.

I ran across an article by Ilya Pozin from INC. Magazine entitled “7 Things Highly Productive People Do.” Most of the article slapped me around pretty good. In fact, I found myself guilty on 6 of the 7 things mentioned. I encourage you to read the article and “ponder your ways.” The list consists of things that should seem pretty obvious but are strangely elusive.

For instance, #3 on the list is be militant about eliminating distractions. That’s a tough one for me. I seem to be continually checking e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, texting, etc. trying to follow up on leads or just finish conversations. Consequently, the main thing I’m working on tends to take much longer than it should.

Schedule your email is #4 on the list. I get to the point where I hate that little ding going off telling me I’ve got mail. I see it sitting there and I must read it. MUST.

Again, I suggest you take a look at the article. It makes some great points and even one of the list of seven can make a difference in your productivity and focus. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must get up and take a short break, which is mentioned in #7. Go read it.

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