Are you always looking for time-management tricks as a way to get more done each day?
You can also increase your productivity by improving your focus, so that you get more done and more effectively, with whatever time you have available.
One way to become more focused as you work is to pull up the drawbridge – my metaphor for cutting off distractions, online and offline. And an important part of cutting off distractions for most people is stopping the endless inundation of email.
Improve Your Focus By Going Offline
If you want to stop receiving emails so you can focus better on your work, then try going offline during key work periods.
Users of Outlook 2010 can choose the [Send/Receive] tab and click [Work Offline], as shown in the image above.
Alternatively, you could:
- Close down your email program completely – but this could be a hassle if you need to refer to an email for the project you’re working on.
- Turn off auto-receive and stop ‘checking’ email altogether.
When you’re ready to release the drawbridge, click [Work Offline] again.
Other Email Programs
If you use a another email program, please let me know if there’s a similar option to the Work Offline button, and I’ll update this post for readers.