Here’s an interesting blog post that offers 6 excellent productivity tips. While I think all of these tips are great ideas, the one that seems the most elusive to people is the one about setting boundaries.
Many of us have segments of our jobs that can only be done effectively in large blocks of uninterrupted time. When I was a database designer and developer, I did my best designing and coding work alone in my office with the door closed. (Yes I had an office with a door — it was a long time ago.) In my current job as a life coach, I write a newsletter, I write this blog, and I do other writing as well. I can only write in uninterrupted blocks of time. If I take phone calls and read email while I’m trying to write something — it doesn’t get written.
It turns out that uninterrupted is also the most satisfying way to do this kind of work. Nice, huh? Another good reason for good boundaries.