Increase your productivity

Productive employees are happier employees and happier employees are more productive. No matter what type of work you do, the more you are able to accomplish at work the more satisfied you will be at the end of the day. With the influx of emails, phone calls and general interruptions, employees find themselves feeling disjointed and unaccomplished during the work day. Studies have proven that employees are more productive when they are focused rather than when they are multi-tasking. Whether you are an employer, employee or entrepreneur, give yourself permission to remove distractions for short periods of time and see what you can accomplish.

To help you achieve success, I suggest a technique called the Pomodoro Technique, a time management strategy that encourages people to work in short bursts with frequent breaks. This is the short version of how it works:

When you start a new task set a timer for 25 minutes. Work only on the task at hand, without checking emails, texts or taking phone calls. Then take a break for five minutes.

Each 25 minute work period is called a Pomodoro (Italian word for tomato). Named so by Francesco Cirillo, the man who developed the technique using a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato.

After four “Pomodoro’s” have passed (100 minutes of work time with 15 minutes of break time), you will have earned yourself an additional 15 minute break from work, enjoy it!

While this technique may be challenging to employ and adjust to at first, stay committed, if only for a day, to determine if the technique works for you. You may well find that you are more productive and focused at work, getting more done in a day with fewer mistakes. I challenge you to try this technique for just one day and determine if it works for you. Send me your feedback; I want to hear about your success with this technique.

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