December 11, 2007

A Quick Way to Get Things Done Interruptions. Time limitations. Distractions. These things keep us from being our most productive selves when we're in our offices. People stopping by can be nice but it doesn't help us meet our objectives. We seem to run out of time to get things done because our list of 'To Do' is so long, especially at the end of the day and the list has grown not diminished. There is always new email arriving, phones ringing, and an interesting conversation going on nearby. You know that the office you're sitting in at the company or in your home office is ergonomically designed, strategically laid out, lit just right, and probably pretty expensive. (Well, maybe not if you're in a home office, much of the time home offices are cobbled together with a mix of pieces. I've still got my monitor on a card table. I need a modern executive desk to replace my space-limited roll top.) So, why aren't you getting as much as you'd like done each day? Perhaps it's the environment because of the issues above. Change your environment. Run away (or walk away). Go somewhere else. Find yourself a place where you can camp out and get the work done. Then, you can emerge and chat, check your email and whatever you usually do that results in frustration, disappointment or stress. This quick fix works for many people. Here are some ideas for places you can use as your temporary digs as reported by professionals in and out of corporate environments: Maria finds a conference room somewhere in the building. Occasionally she goes to another building on the campus of her corporate employer to really get away. Conference rooms have telephones and no WIFI for email to reach her portable computer. Ray goes to Panera Bread Company bakery. They are set up with WIFI, have a nice atmosphere, tend to have many tables, and serve coffee he likes. I went to the library just yesterday (the catalyst for this article). It's quiet but I sat with a view of the checkout desk and had a little buzz of activity as background. Great lighting in front of stained glass windows from the late 1800s. Joyce moves from her cubicle to her boss's office with a door when he's out of town. Obviously they have an accommodating working relationship and he must leave his desk clear when he goes. Lorie...

Susan Sabo

I am a tool-loving productivity specialist who gets things done so I can travel the world, bicycle our country, spoil my friends & colleagues, and show you how to do the same.

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