Entrepreneur magazine wrote an article on what they recommend people do in order to become more productive. Now, in a nutshell, they recommend that we (1) cut out the phone and email first thing in the morning, (2) work in time blocks throughout the day, and (3) take advantage of breaks or break periods as well. While these might seem like obvious things to do, it would surprise you to know how few of us will be able to follow these simple recommendations. Take the first one, for example. How often, in the mornings, have you looked at your smartphone before even getting out of bed? How long does it take you to get your day started before the temptation of checking your phone for emails or text messages arises? For me, I know that that used to be the very first thing I did each morning and the very last thing I did at night, before closing my eyes. It took nearly six months to break myself from that habit, and I still catch myself struggling with the phone before going to bed at night. (I’ve always been a morning person, so getting up and getting going comes naturally to me. My cell phone will simply not be the reason why I start my day late!) Perhaps it’s easier for you to give up the email and phone urge first thing in the morning and late at night, than it was for me. Or perhaps you might have trouble with that suggestion but find it easier to implement the other recommendations. To read Entrepreneur’s article, visit 3 Simple But Proven Ways to Become More Productive. May the productivity force be with you!
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