How should you avoid distraction

6 tips for more productivity

Third tip: avoid distractions

Avoiding distractions is an often heard productivity tip, but Womack has two very specific recommendations on this topic. If you want to avoid a colleague or your supervisor contacting you with questions about a certain topic and thus distracting you from your work, you should go to them specifically eight to five minutes before an appointment.

So there is no time for long conversations. Womack then recommends something like this: "I'm working on several topics and have a meeting at 11, so I try to avoid any interruptions. I wanted to ask before the meeting if you have a question or want to tell me something before I do go to the meeting and then deal with my tasks? "

Splitting big tasks in pieces

The trick of having a conversation shortly before an appointment can also be used the other way around. If you need something from a colleague and want to avoid small talk, you simply call your colleague when he or she has to go to an appointment in a few minutes.

Fourth tip: organize tasks by verbs

Womack recommends organizing daily tasks by verbs. The verbs calling, drawing up, looking through, preparing and making an appointment stand for tasks that can usually be completed in 15 minutes. Verbs like plan, discuss, develop and implement stand for larger projects. These tasks should be broken down into smaller work steps. This makes it easier to get going and no longer feels so overwhelmed by a task.

  1. Tip 8
    Analyze the use of video conferencing
  2. Tip 7
    Plan all costs and keep an eye on them
  3. Tip 6
    Maintain consistency across the company
  4. Tip 5
    Meeting the needs of conferences
  5. Tip 4
    Make video as easy to use as possible
  6. Tip 3
    Promote video solutions within the company
  7. Tip 2
    Find out who should benefit from video conferencing
  8. Tip 1
    Carefully plan the local availability of video conferencing

Fifth tip: prepare for extra time

Anyone who is soon waiting for a delayed plane or in a doctor's waiting room should not react in exasperation. Rather, consider this time as extra time to get work done. Womack advises taking tasks with you on such occasions so that you can make a phone call, send an email, or revise a suggestion.

Sixth tip: use shortcuts on your smartphone

Both the Blackberry and the iPhone can save a lot of time by using keyboard shortcuts when typing emails. Womack has stored many shortcuts in his smartphone that he uses to answer e-mails that he receives more often. For example, if someone asks him for tips on how to use Microsoft Outlook more effectively, all he has to do is type in the shortcut "OL" and his answer appears. This saves a lot of time and does not have to answer questions multiple times or search for the appropriate e-mail in the sent folder. Everything about mail on

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