Improve you work efficiency by staying focused August 29, 2008Posted by Darth Sidious in Career Management, General.
We live in an information overloaded society. I know you earthlings have your MSN/Live Messenger, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, IRC, Twitter, FaceBook, E-Mail, BlackBerry’s, iPhones, you name it…
In the Empire we have similar technologies such as our E-Mail (short for Empire-Mail), VaderSoft Outlook, etc… It’s good to stay connected, but it makes it challenging to stay focused on large tasks and push them through.
Here’s some things you can do:
- Put on headphones and listen to music. It communicates to others that you’re focusing on something, and it blocks out the office chatter that subconsciously a part of your brain is dedicating power on.
- Do other things to indicate that you’re busy… Close the door to your office, shut off the lights in your office, put a message on your desk saying “Coding in Progress”, etc….
- Block out chunks of time in your calendar so that you have large continuous blocks dedicated towards work and prevent people from slicing up your time into small fragments.
- Turn off instant messengers, email, IRC, etc… anything that could draw your attention. Send a note to those who may want to contact you that you’re going off the grid for a period of time.
Though I’m curious to know of any other techniques you’ve found useful, considering most of you lack the powers of the force you’re limited to more conventional means.