Reduce Your Email Load with the 80/20 OHIO Rule
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the endless flow of email you receive, but frankly, most of it isn’t that important. In fact, up to 80 percent of it can be safely ignored. And the 20 percent that is legit? That’s where OHIO comes in: Only Handle It Once. When you get an important email, deal with it right away. Leaving it for later only creates more work and occupies valuable brain space. Your time is better spent solving problems than dealing with old emails.
Do The Hard Stuff First
Is there a particular task that has you stressed out? A report you have to prepare or a phone call you dread making? There’s one easy way to remove that stress: Do the hard stuff first. The more you put off doing the hard stuff, the more you worry about it and the more stress it causes. So figure out which task is causing you the most stress and tackle it first. Once it’s done, you’ll be more relaxed and productive for the rest of the day.
Disconnect from Distractions
Whether it’s status updates, tweets or text messages, diversions caused by your phone and Internet can eat away at your work time, causing you to be less productive. Try setting your phone to airplane mode or using an app for your computer that blocks Internet connectivity at assigned times. When it comes to social media chatter, silence is golden.
Institute a No Meeting Day
Meetings don’t just take up big chunks of your day, they also interrupt your work flow. That’s why some companies have designated a specific day of the week as a No Meeting Day, to ensure workers can have a solid block of uninterrupted — and more productive — time. And when you do have meetings? Try short, standing meetings to take care of quick business matters.
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