A motivational speaker gives her tips on business success

Debbie Mayo-Smith: Two easy, helpful productivity tips

At the end of the day take five minutes to review your time at work. Photo / iStock
At the end of the day take five minutes to review your time at work. Photo / iStock

One. Review

Before you leave work, or from your desk at home as you wrap things up for the day (or night!), Take five minutes to review your time at work.

First write down what you accomplished in a quick, bulleted list. Next write what you didn't accomplish that you had hoped to, and what stopped you.

Do not beat yourself up for any failures or things uncompleted. Instead simply notice, if you can, what caused you to get off track. Do notice how much you did accomplish.

This type of review is a way to help your brain focus on the positive (I did accomplish something today) and will help you to become more aware of the things that tend to derail you or distract you from productive work.

Two. Remove distractions

Turn off all notifications for at least one long block of work time every day.

Our brains are not adept at switching from one task to another. The single ding of an email notification or text, even if it's about something completely unimportant, can cause you to lose up to 40 per cent of your work time.

Is it really worth it?

Maybe if you have infinite time at your disposal... But we all know that you don't. So do yourself and your career a favour, and silence all the dings and chirps for at least one long block of time (2 - 4 hours).

If your Outlook still has a tools menu click Options >Preferences Tab >Click Email Options>Advanced Email Options. Under when new items arrive in my Inbox clear the Display a New Mail Desktop Alert (default Inbox only) check box.,

If your Outlook has a ribbon, it's File>Mail>Message Arrival. Unselect Play a sound; unselect Display a desktop alert.

Alternatively - you can of course close Outlook.

- NZ Herald

Debbie Mayo-Smith aka Ms Effective, gives speeches, seminars and trains on sales and personal productivity. Debbie helps you get more done in less time and increase profitability. Sign up for her monthly quick tip newsletter at www.successis.co.nz. To have Debbie speak at your next event or train your team call 64 27 575 5359 or visit her www.debbiespeaks.co.nz

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A motivational speaker gives her tips on business success

Debbie is one of the most in-demand speakers in Australasia; in the top 7pc of speakers globally and well-loved for her practical, plain talking technology quick tips. A best-selling author of sixteen books, Debbie has sharpened the activity of over 1 million individuals around the world through her presentations, training, newsletters, books and videos.

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