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Every decision for something is against something else
The reason is simple: anything you do not do determines what you can do instead. Because every decision for something is a decision against something else. Therefore, emergency to-do lists are often more effective than to-do lists for improving your job performance.
Turn off unnecessary distractions
It is great to focus on doing tasks, but this is only possible if you turn off all unnecessary distractions. We have the choice:
Either we let ourselves be distracted or we achieve our goals. If you have problems focusing on yourself, you should better decide not to do something.
Distractions prevent the result
Our time is simply too short for us to give our full attention.
The "purpose" of a distraction is to turn our attention to something else. All distractions are basically the same: they prevent a particular result from being achieved.
Wirtschaftswoche quotes a series of studies conducted by Gloria Mark and Victor Gonzalez at the University of California in their booklet "Rescue from the Info-Stress" in issue 13 / 2008. After that, we can spend an average of eleven minutes on an assignment before being distracted. After that, it takes a whole 25 of minutes for us to be as focused again as before this distraction. This is called the saw blade effect. This will result in around two thirds of our working time being lost.
Mostly we are to blame ourselves
Above all, most of the distractions that slow down our productivity and efficiency are also self-inflicted.
Because often it is not the tasks themselves, but bad habits that distract us from our goals. Here it is necessary to set up appropriate filters.
Our computers show how effective filters can be: virus scanners protect us from unwanted "visitors", spam filters throw mail from our mailbox, firewalls control access to our computer.
But while we equip our hardware on and under the desk with helpful technology, we allow ourselves almost every disorder.
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