The 5 Minute Productivity Challenge

ScreamingHow many times do you look at your emails each day? Once, twice, every few minutes? Be honest because I’d safely bet that most people check their email at least 4 times an hour.

Agree or disagree? Maybe you should count the times you do in the next hour!

Email checking, when you let it, can become a huge distraction and it often leads to a decrease in your productivity.

Think about it. You are working on a project for a client. While you are working, your interest wanes slightly and you feel compelled to take a peek at your emails. What happens next?

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Your productivity level immediately lessens. You’ve chosen to grant your inbox permission to distract your attention, haven’t you? To what end? To see if you’ve received a new message or a reply from a client?

When you interrupt your work with email checking it is all too easy to lose your train of thought, as just one single email can take you off on a new tangent of thinking, moving you even further away from being able to return your productivity to a high level.

What can you do instead?

You know that it is important to take a break from work at regular intervals. There are times when you need to refocus and recharge your motivation and your thinking.

Do you take a regular break, at least once every 90 minutes?

Rather than remain seated at your desk as you trawl aimlessly through your emails, why not give my 5 minute productivity challenge a go?

One thing I will stress is that you physically move away from your usual work area to do your chosen 5 minute challenge activity.

Are you ready?

Here are 8 ways you can boost your productivity in just 5 minutes:challenges

1. Switch on the radio or your iPod and listen to your favourite song.

2. Read a few pages/chapters of a book

3. Grab a pad of paper and jot down your ideas for your next blog post

4. Stand up or lie down and stretch

5. On a sheet of paper brainstorm your life priorities for next week

6. Enjoy your 5 minute beverage break al fresco

7. Sit or lie down, close your eyes and meditate or simply focus on your breath.

8. See how many step-ups you can do

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Emails can wait. Challenge yourself to only check them twice a day – at noon and 5pm. Avoid email checking as the first activity of your working day as this can set you on a path of procrastination and low productivity.

Let me know how you get on setting your email routine and which productivity boost activity you find most useful. I look forward to your comments.

 

 

 

 

 

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