Want to boost your productivity and have peace of mind? As per this piece on Inc.com, there are a few things we should all stop doing immediately.
Jeff Haden writes in the piece, “If you get decent value from making to-do lists, you’ll get huge returns–in productivity, in improved relationships, and in your personal well-being–from adding these items to your not to-do list.”
1. Check your phone while you’re talking to someone. Not only is it rude (and yes, we can tell when you’re peeking), it’s distracting and a really transparent way to let the other person know you don’t care about what they’re saying.
He points out, “Stop checking your phone. It doesn’t notice when you aren’t paying attention. Other people? They notice. And they care.”
2. Multitask during a meeting. Again, it boils down to paying attention. Plus, you can actually learn a lot and retain information if you’re not zipping through your mobile phone. You can hone those soft skills and find opportunities to make connections and small talk.
3. Use multiple notifications. Here’s a hint: Turn it off. We shouldn’t have the immediate need to know when we receive a text message, tweet or e-mail. “If something is important enough for you to do, it’s important enough for you to do without interruptions. Focus totally on what you’re doing. Then, on a schedule you set–instead of a schedule you let everyone else set–play prairie dog and pop your head up to see what’s happening.”
4. Talk behind someone’s back. Just say no. And if you end up getting sucked into office gossip, rest assured your cronies may end up talking behind your back as well. Delete this from your repertoire and focus your time on productive conversations instead.