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Step Away From The Computer!

July 28, 2011

Socrates penned the quote “There is no mistress more tempting than Microsoft Outlook,” or maybe it was Bill Gates, I can’t really recall.

At any rate, how many times have you scurried into the office with the intent of identifying the day’s top priorities and mapping out your day, only to get derailed by responding to that “one quick e-mail”? We all know what happens next. One e-mail turns to two, which turns to three and suddenly you’ve burned an hour and have to run to that first meeting of the day, which you’ve now left yourself totally unprepared for, all because of “one” e-mail.

Problem solved: Step Away From the Computer! In a previous post I talked about the importance of identifying those priorities you need to accomplish versus those you want to accomplish. I recently got unexpected help from a new laptop in prioritizing my day and avoiding the early morning e-mail trap. I promised myself I was not going drop the laptop into its docking station until the day’s top five priorities were identified and plugged into the calendar. It is amazing how much more gets done each day.

Try it – Step Away from the Computer!

For more on tips on getting things done – check out David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done”.

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