You’re working. Your email program beeps whenever a new message arrives. Your social media program alerts you to fresh tweets on Twitter. You feel productive, so why are you falling ever further behind in your work?
Here’s why: multi-tasking. E-mail is Making You Stupid – Entrepreneur.com reports:
“Researchers at the University of Michigan found that productivity dropped as much as 40 percent when subjects tried to do two or more things at once. The switching exacts other costs too–mistakes and burnout. One of the study’s authors, David Meyer, asserts bluntly that quality work and multitasking are incompatible.”
Put simply, multi-tasking is a productivity killer. Close all your communications programs when you’re trying to work, and send incoming calls straight to voice mail.
You may be shocked that you get more done, and that you feel more in control too.
InstaPaper is one of the most useful tools I’ve found to help you to become more productive. Rather than saving bookmarks, and never looking at them again, InstaPaper saves Web pages that you want to read later.
The Steve Rubel Lifestream – Daily links, insights, photos, videos and more on emerging technology. suggests:
“If you haven’t tried the fantastic Instapaper service, be sure to check it out. Instapaper, which works on many mobile devices, is really for active web readers. It makes it a snap to save articles for future reading. Though we don’t have it on video, Marco showed me some of the forthcoming features in Instapaper 2.1 for the iPhone. The new version, which should be out in a few weeks, has stronger integration with Twitter and Tumblr.”
I haven’t tried the iPhone app, but if you work on the Web, I recommend the Web app, it’s excellent.
Eliminating procrastination is essential for good time management. Top copywriter and writing teacher Angela Booth attributes her own productivity to a range of time management skills, which she has started teaching to her students.
She believes that with a few simple skills, anyone can learn to make the most of their time. She believes writers especially benefit from learning productivity skills to eliminate procrastination, and says: “Many of my students have tripled their writing production in less than a month, and they’re always amazed when they realize that not only are they writing more, but their writing’s quality has improved too.”
Angela offers two time management tools for writers and others. An ebook, the “Top 70 Writing Tips To Help You To Write More”, which she compiled from writing tips she’s discovered over 20 years, and a five-week class, conducted via email: “Write More And Make More Money From Your Writing: Develop A Fast, Fun Productive Writing Process”.
Although aimed primarily at professional writers, Angela says that anyone who needs to write can benefit from these two time management tools.
Business people and students benefit, because the tools improve not only their time management and productivity skills, but also their memory and creativity. She says: “Students find that the class helps them to improve their memory skills, which means their grades go up.” Business people who take the class find that their email inboxes are cleared quickly each day, and that they now enjoy those tasks which they’ve avoided before: such as writing reports and creating presentations.
Angela Booth is a top copywriter and writing teacher, and the author of a popular time management book published by Prentice Hall.
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