There was a lot of phone calls, emails, Twitter browsing, and looking over my to-do list, but it’s not far from the truth to say I wasted a bunch of time. I hate this feeling. If you’ve had it you know what I mean. So this blog post is part of my strategy for dealing with it. Because the way I see it, I could either call this a day (which I think would be a mistake, although not always, just today) or try to get some stuff done and quick.
Starting as soon as I hit publish, here’s my plan for coming out of the productivity rut:
- Turn off my Wi-Fi. It’s maybe the oldest trick in the book but I rarely make myself do it. Without email, Twitter, Facebook, NY Times and other distractions, I know I will get more done. Or at least something done.
- Take a tea break. I think there needs to be a physical reset from wasting time to being productive. Since I can’t change where I am right now I am going to take a mini break and make some tea. And drink it.
- Put away my to-do list. It’s sitting here and scaring me. Truly. I know a ton of stuff I need to do and don’t need to be reminded right this second.
- Get something done right this very second. I’m going to cheat a little and say that writing this blog post is a to-do that I’m getting done. It is, of course, but I’m only going to count it half way. So as soon as I’m done I am diving into the world of spreadsheets because one of my unpleasant-but-must-get-done to-dos is hiding in there.
OK, wish me luck. More importantly, share your tips for climbing out of a productivity rut in the comments!
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