If you are sitting if your office reading this right now, chances are you could probably be more productive. According to a recent survey done by Salary.com the average employee admits to wasting about 2 hours of their 8 hour workday, and that’s not including lunch or breaks. Instead of living a jumbled mix of work/life it is better to separate the two, so here are a few tips to help make that a little easier.
Sounds counterintuitive, right? Truth is, we’d all be more productive if we checked e-mail only a few times a day rather than every time we notice we have a new message. No reasonable person on this planet is going to be upset if they have to wait an hour before they get a response.
Tame Your In-box
Technology is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. If you can quickly reply to an e-mail, do it! If it is going to take a considerable amount of thought and time mark it and save it for later when you have the necessary resources available.
Clear Your Mind
You don’t need to sit in the lotus position and chant, but you should take a few minutes, several times a day, to calm and clear your mind. Walking around the block or just stepping away from your computer screen can help you stay much more mentally fresh and focused.