Digital media is a pool of useful information as much as it gets us easily distracted from our ongoing focus and subject. While writing or working on data analysis, we often engage us in hunting information and shift our focus from one portal to another. Thus we end up losing time, procrastinating projects or failing to complete tasks at hand. To keep me tied to the track and boost my productivity, I have found following ways. You can implement these tried tricks and tools to pull you out of the rut and retain your efficiency level â€“
A size zero inbox
E-mails are major means of communications irrespective of any job profiles. And flood of e-mails scoops out considerable amount of time in checking and tracking e-mails and reduces our efficiency. Then, I learnt these ways to keep inbox light and organized. Delete redundant and pointless e-mails, mark â€˜Spamâ€™ e-mails from dubious anonymous senders, keep reply messages short and precise. Break down a lengthy message into multiple bullet points to convey message more efficiently and make it clearer to recipients. , postpone unread some e-mails â€˜unreadâ€™ and â€˜flaggedâ€™. You can use calendar tool to schedule tasks, replies or forward EOD (End of Day).
Curb Social Media DietÂ
Staying social and updated is highly imperative for many of us and also extracting media update juices from diverse social media accounts. But, we often lose track in keeping up-to-date with all social media platforms and hamper our efficiency. Hence, I resorted to these social media filters that aggregate social media updates from different social networking platforms, blogging platforms and social bookmarking platforms. If you are most frequent to Facebook and Twitter, then you can consider ConversocialÂ orÂ SeesmicÂ but if you are random at several social media websites, then Ping.fmÂ will be the best social media filter for you.
Refrain your ears from distracting gossips
Music keeps me going and helps maintain my efficiency at work a great deal. Music keeps my concentration level deeply rooted to my work, fends off distracting noise, talks and chats around my workstation and prevents monotony and exhaustion to dissuade me from work. Earlier, I used to listen to same song over and over again, but Songza lets me plan and set my playlist according to my work load, time of the day, day of the week etc. Songza.com maps no lyric playlist when for busy hours, plays energetic tracks with rhythmic beats when I need to beat my drowsiness and even plays right kind of music to alleviate â€˜Monday bluesâ€™ at work. Try it at Songza.com. This music player is also available on iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire.
If you are working on MacBook Pro or MacBook, then make use of Fantastical calendar app to schedule your assignments such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations etc., and store them in one this cool place. If you are looking for distraction free means of writing, then choose Ommwriter, iA Writer or WriteRoom. I am still working on discovering more ways to keep distractions and weariness at the minimum and boost my efficiency and want to know from you â€“ share your tips with us.