Ever wonder why you can't get anything done? Well, Julie Morgenstern, the #1 USA professional organizer, explains what new research revealed:
According to a study published by Cubesmart Inc., we experience on average, one interruption every 8 minutes or approximately 6-7 per hour.
That equals about 50-60 interruptions in an 8 hour day.
Most interruptions take approximately 5-15 minutes. If you receive 50 interruptions daily and each takes 10 minutes, that totals 500 minutes, which is 8 hours per day.
Ouch! No wonder you feel the need to work 12 hours per day... 8 handling interruptions, and 4 getting your work done after hours. Sobering, isn't it? Or, consider this study:
"In a recent study, a group of Microsoft workers took, on average, 15 minutes to return to serious mental tasks, like writing reports or computer code, after responding to incoming e-mail or instant messages. They strayed off to reply to other messages or browse news, sports or entertainment Web sites."
The bottom line is this -
DISTRACTION equals DESTRUCTION
Yes, you can use all sorts of fancy productivity techniques, but as long as people and things keep distracting and interrupting you, you won't accomplish anything.
1. Disable all popups and notifications - on your computer, phone, tablet. Everywhere. Be brutal.
How many New Year's resolutions have you thought about or made? How many have you started? How many have you set aside time for in the coming weeks?
It's easy to desire to start something new on the first of the year. But here's something to consider. Wait a month. Take the rest of January to list all your resolutions and hopes for change.
Now review your list. Are your resolutions the same as previous years or are they new goals? Why did they fail previously?
Sometimes we have try things a couple of times before it works for us. It's a process we are always refining as we learn a new process. Try not to be discouraged because learning takes time
Sharing an article that gave me some pause as we start our newer, "better" new year. SEARCHING for BETTER
To your 2015 success!
Have you noticed how many people have been, currently are or fighting off a sickness? Even with the flu vaccine, there are a lot of bugs going around. Fortunately there has been a lot of press on what I would call germ manners which has helped alleviate the spread of germs and viruses.
But if you are surrounded by people who have got it - and shared it - here's how to keep yourself healthy in seven simple steps
Wash your hands.
Yes, it's the same thing your mother told you and it's still the best idea to keeping germs away. Wash in warm water and make sure your hands are completely dry.
Keep disposable tissue handy
Remember when you sneezed and it you got boogers all over? Yeah, that was nice, right? If you cant get to your tissue in time, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
Get enough rest
Resting and, more importantly, sleeping allows your body to heal itself. Think about what would happen if you ran your car at 1oo mph every day. Could you do it? Sure, but eventually it will break down.
Laughter is the best medicine - Really!
Did you know that laughing can make you healthy? Levels of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine tend to decrease during bouts of laughter [sources: Brain, Pattillo and Itano]. These hormones can suppress the immune system, opening the floodgates to a host of infections, illnesses and general poor health.
Clean and clean again
Whether you are ill or have been exposed to someone who is, keeping things clean around the house is can help prevent germs from spreading. Think of remotes, cell phones, computers, keyboards, door handles, refrigerator door, bathroom area, faucets and tabletops. Here's some green cleaning solutions that work fabulous and are less expensive and toxic than what you buy at the supermarket.
Yes baby it's cold outside. But even a few minutes of fresh air a day can help refresh your mind and keep you sharp. According to Research at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center tells Health.com, even a simple walk outside can raise your immune system. "Exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function Ather Ali, ND, MPH, assistant director of Complementary/Alternative Medicine.
Clear the Air
Change your air filters often. Dust irritates the nasal cavities and makes you more susceptible to catching a cold. Also consider plants and humidifiers during dry seasons. Remember to keep all humidifiers clean with a simple white vinegar and hot water solution. Rinse well.
To your health!
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