A friend mentioned that her (big) company recently has added Instant Messaging to their IT system. She says, “now, while I’m on the phone, or in a meeting, in addition to having to check emails, I have these IM’s popping up at me.” WHAT WERE THEY THINKING???!!!!???!!!!
A study by Microsoft found that it takes an employee an average of 15 minutes to return their attention back to the previous task when distracted by email, instant message, etc.
I know, you think you are special and while you can accept that multi-tasking doesn’t work for everyone else, you can still manage it. I suspect that you can’t. [Also understand that there is a difference between multi-tasking and a white-noise activity. Some people need to doodle, color, play solitaire, etc. to stay focused.]
Do you ever wonder how you can get more done? Try these tips for a week – then assess:
The definition of memento is “an object kept as a reminder or souvenir of a person or event.”
An important aspect of getting organized is streamlining your things – removing the things that don’t matter so you can focus on and enjoy the things that do matter. Time and time again I see clients put inanimate objects ahead of their own well-being, desiring to hold on to something, when in fact, it takes away from their quality of life.
I’ve been proud of my ability to run a business for over 12 years without a Fax machine. It always seemed like just one more extra thing to maintain. Probably once or twice a year I’ve had to ask a friend or neighbor to fax something for me. But most of the time I’ve been able to scan whatever I needed from my printer and email it. There have even been a couple times I’ve told people to snail-mail me things.
This changed about a year ago when I read about a fabulous app called Genius Scan, free for iPhone and 99¢ for the Android platform. Imagine using the camera of your smart phone and within moments having a pdf for emailing. It’s that simple.