If you want me, you can pretty much have me, any time. I guess that makes me easy.
After reading how Lifehacker Craig Jarrow makes it a point of being unreachable in order to be more productive, I’ve decided to try to emulate him. At least for a few weeks to see how it goes.
For the record, I have answered the phone TWICE while writing this, answered THREE tweets, responded to a text and checked my email FIVE times. I am a hopeless case.
- Don’t Answer That Phone: If it’s not important, don’t answer. That is what voicemail is for.
Read the Important Email: Don’t check it so often. And when you do, make sure to read the important ones first. Delete the spam.
Quick Forms of Communication: A quick IM, text, or tweet can be much
more efficient in some circumstances. Sometimes it is not necessary to
get on the phone or have a face-to-face chat.
Expectations: One of the best ways to limit interruptions is to set
expectations. Ensure that co-workers and friends know the preferred methods of
communications and when it is appropriate to interrupt.
the Right to Decline: Many people feel guilty if they do not answer
their phone or immediately respond to an email. Give yourself permission
to decline the interruptions.
Craig Jarrow is the author of Time Management Ninja.
The mission of this site it to help individuals and companies reclaim
their time. He writes about time management, productivity, and goal