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We ALL have a million dings, bells, whistles, alarms, notifications…you name it, we’re getting buzzed regularly throughout our day. 

Technology is great, but truth…effective use of technology requires setting boundaries. As much as we all want to know the latest Twitter post from our favorite person out there in the social space, the fact of the matter is – it’s not productive, efficient or healthy to be constantly distracted. 

Tip #1: Check social media feeds and email first thing in the morning. 

PRO TIP: Social media was created to keep us on their platforms…it’s addictive by design. Be mindful of this when you find yourself checking social media often.

Tip #2: Adjust the notifications on your phone, tablet, laptop and computer. 

You’ll be amazed how many notifications are turned on for your social media channels, email, news and so much more. 

Go to your settings on your device. Find the notifications setting and open it. When it’s open, you’ll see all the various apps that are set up to notify you when someone posts or there’s new news or a new email. 

Choose which notifications you want to receive and turn off everything else. Trust me – this is a game changer.

Tip #3: Delete those apps that don’t serve you. 

If you find photos posted on a specific Instagram feed constantly make you feel bad about yourself…someone’s hair is too perfect or their body is faultless…or whatever your “thing” is, then GET RID OF IT. 

It’s disrupting how you feel about you…and that ultimately impacts your productivity and self-worth. Totally not worth it.

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” 

This principle is said to be how he organized his work and priorities. Let that sink in for a few minutes…you KNOW this concept is soooo true.
When it comes to prioritizing your workflow, it’s best to identify urgent work versus important work. There IS a difference. 

Let me break this down for you. 

Important activities have an outcome that leads to achieving goals. Urgent activities demand immediate attention and are usually associated with achieving someone else’s goals. 

Urgent work is often what we concentrate on and it demands attention because the consequences of not dealing with it are immediate. 

When you’re prioritizing, get clear on what is urgent versus important. I’ve found myself in a former life focusing on items that seemed to be “urgent,” but really was more of an on-going fire drill with no clear-cut plan or decision making taking place…and ultimately a huge time waster. I’m certain you have been there done that too.

I tend to think about it like this: 

What is the highest and best use of your time? 

If you’re the leader, you don’t need to spend time picking up t-shirts for a company event. Delegate this to an administrative staff person. You should be spending your time working on marketing or the strategies required to get clients TO your event. 

Reflect on your priorities and workload  Think about the work you do and how it aligns with your overall vision of what you ultimately want to accomplish. Are you doing the things that align to your vision or not?