Odd title to the email you might think. Why ask the question anyway? Here’s why. A jar of pickled onions is the kind of thing that gets opened, a few taken out and then they sit. They sit at the back of the fridge and get forgotten. A few months down the line you remember they are there but by that time, it’s too late. They’re out of date so you end up chucking them. I managed to finish a jar of pickled onions the other day which was left over from Christmas. As I was fishing the last one out I remember thinking I couldn’t remember the last time I EVER finished a jar. A small feeling of satisfaction came over me.
The point is how many jars of ‘pickled onions’ have you got sat on your desk or in your work place? The little jobs that never get done? Ask yourself why they are still there and why haven’t they been done. Hate doing them? Lack of time? These are the things that niggle in the back of your mind and can become energy draining. You knowthey need doing but you keep putting them off.
So what’s the answer?
There is no easy answer. A good place to start is to look at how productive you really are during each working day. Are you busy busy or are you busy doing nothing busy? I’ve been keeping an eye on what I do recently and identified a few bad habits that are not productive. One of my top bad habits is breaking off in the middle of a task or project to check my emails. How many of us are guilty of that? Not only does it stop me doing what I’m doing, it stops my focus. To change that habit, I now close down my email programme throughout the day only opening it at specific times. A frightening thought to some but it really does work and I have become far more productive.
- Click on the link to download my ‘Inbox Harmony’ method for keeping control of those pesky emails! – Pats Tips to Inbox Harmony
- Click on the link to download my guide to filing emails: Where to File Emails
Once you’ve identified areas where you waste time and do something about it, your productivity will increase and you will be surprised at how much ‘extra’ time you have. The next thing to do is to stick to your new habits. Don’t shove that time aside because something else crops up. FINISH THOSE PICKLED ONIONS!