Donna McGeorge says it’s essential to understand that we have innate cycles that can help or hinder our productivity at certain times of the day.
How do you currently spend the first two hours of your day? Things like: packing the kids’ lunchboxes, grabbing a coffee and a bit to eat form the local café, chatting office politics around the water cooler, walking the dog, or scrolling Facebook to see what all your friends have been up to in the 8 hours since you last trolled them. Then, before you know it, it’s 1pm and what have you achieved? Zilch.
According to an article by DMR, a company that looks at social media statistics and trends, the average user gets around 121 emails per day, with only 10 per cent requiring a considered response.
How do you currently spend the first two hours of your day? Go on and think about this for a minute. If you are like most, then you likely come to work, grab a coffee, chat with a few colleagues, sit at your desk, open your email and respond to them from the top down. Then, before you know it, it’s 1pm and you’re still reacting to requests.
Whether you are conscious of it or not, those emails you have read, replied to or filed create distractions and make you unproductive for the whole day. You have relinquished control of your work efficiency – but the good news is you can win it back. DONNA McGEORGE explains how.