There’s a new menace in town, in every town, across the world that threatens our very way of life. It doesn’t sleep, doesn’t eat and certainly doesn’t care about anyone else but itself. It can strike at any time of the day, and as many times as you’re willing to let it.
It known as the productivity killer, and has been known to use the alias “time burglar.” Those deadlines seem to creep eerily closer whilst the time burglar is busy distracting you with emails, phone calls, social media and even mind controlling colleagues to make sure distraction wins.
Don’t fret, we’ve been tracking the productivity killer’s every move and can help you eliminate this threat for good. Simply Business recently created an interactive productivity guide that compiles resources from the top productivity experts to help you get things done. It has videos, how-to articles, and tools to help five time suckers:
Simply Business also interviewed entrepreneurs to get their personal productivity tips. With all of this information at your disposal, you’ll be defeating the productivity ninja at no time.
A word of caution: This isn’t going to be easy, and there may be some temptation to succumb along the way. With Simply Business’ help, our advice and your focus and discipline – we can take him out together.
Determine the productivity killer’s preferred time of attack
The PK (productivity killer) typically looks for unique vulnerabilities in each person, including the time of day in which to strike because your guard is typically down. The best way to determine when he’s running amuck is to determine when you have the hardest time concentrating on one task.
“The PK has been hitting me every morning when I first get to work for years. I get to my desk, turn on my machine and the next thing I know – it’s 1pm.” – From Ohio, does not wish to be named
Alternatively, you can reverse his thought process by figuring out what point of the day you’re most focused on tasks and extract the clues as to why.
“After lunch, I usually tend to shake him off. For some reason, he decides to leave me alone in the afternoon before continuing his reign of terror in the evening.” – James, NY
The first step towards freedom is finding the right time of focus for you and determining the reasons why. Maybe you’re more productive because you decide to turn off social media in the afternoon? Maybe you don’t have your email open and listen to Bach in the morning?
Don’t let him dictate your day
Once he’s in, the PK has the ability to shift meetings, extend deadlines and even overwrite your schedule. We’ve devised a system to beat him at his own game, so please follow the steps below:
- Write down all the things you need to do today in order of priority. On a scale from 1 to 5, 1 means it’s urgent and 5 means it can be done when you have spare time.
- When the PK isn’t attacking you, (morning, before lunch, afternoon) make sure you work on your tasks with a high priority level.
- If you manage to get your highest priority tasks done, you’ve already won.
Reclaim more of your day
Sometimes the window in which he doesn’t pop by isn’t enough time to get things done, so you need more time. It’s now common knowledge that the productivity killer assumes the shape of:
- Open email monitoring
- Instant messaging
- Social media
- Mobile phones
There are other forms yet to be listed, but some will be specific to you. The key is to eliminate as many of these forms as possible during your day to fend him off. As long as these channels are open, you’ll never be free, so do yourself a favor and shut them down when you need to get things done.
We know just how dangerous he can be, we wish you the very best of luck in your fight and we encourage you to spread this message to your friends and family.