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When you are busy at work, there is nothing worse than leaving at the end of the day feeling like you have accomplished very little. These days we have so many things that can distract us, that it can be hard to focus on the things you need to do to get your entire to-do list done. There are a few culprits that stand tall above the rest though. If you can tame some of these productivity killers, you will definitely have a more successful, productive day.

Smart Notifications

Our phones are a constant distraction. While we are at home it can be a great way to be notified of things that are going on. However, when you need to focus at work, the siren call of the notification light can pull us out of our workflow very quickly. It can take several minutes to get back into the rhythm of the tasks at hand. Multiply that by several times a day, and you could spend hours trying to get back to work after checking your notifications.

A great way to solve this is to either put the phone somewhere you can’t see it, and set it to silent. Even better, you can set your phone on a “do not disturb” setting to prevent notifications altogether. I like this method because many phones have a setting inside the “do not disturb” options to allow calls or texts from specific people to still come through. This way, if your child needs to be picked up from school due to illness, you won’t’ miss that call.

Social Media

The ultimate distraction in our lives these days is social media. We can spend hours scrolling through feeds on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and more. While it is definitely a great tool and one that can even be used in business settings, especially for marketing folks, it can be hard to break away from it.

There are a few ways to help yourself from getting sucked into the social media trap. First, the tip from above about disabling notifications. You can even just disable notifications from the apps themselves instead of turning off notifications for the entire phone. Also, set a time limit for yourself if you hop on one of the websites. Finally, if you have enabled notifications within your web browser for any of the social networks, turn those off as well.

Email

Somedays, you can start checking your email, and then before you know it, an hour has passed. Email is a great tool, but can also become extremely cluttered with junk. Wading through your inbox to find what is legitimate email you need to respond to, and what can be deleted can be extremely time wasting.

One way to prevent yourself from getting lost in your inbox is to unsubscribe from newsletters you don’t read. Unroll.me is a great tool to help you get those subscriptions under control. Once your inbox is a little bit lighter each day, figure out what messages could be better handled through a chat application. Clearing out those one word or one sentence conversations that are taking place in your email and cluttering your inbox, can really help you focus on the emails that actually need action from you.

These productivity killers can certainly suck a great deal of time out of our workday, so making sure to take back control of your productivity will help you get more things done in the day. Oh, and buy another monitor. Productivity increases with the addition of each monitor. We can’t wait to see how efficiently we can work when each of our staff has 8 monitors.