2. Stop multi-tasking. Switching quickly from task to task does not work. Studies shows that changing tasks quickly makes you dumber than being stoned. This means that your IQ drops by five points. Your IQ while multitasking could even drop 10 points, 15 for men, five for women. This means that men are three times as bad at multi-tasking than women.
3. Eliminate distractions. Make a point to shut out whatever it takes to get you to focus. This means locking your door, shutting off your phone, or even turning off the Internet connection. Go to a quiet area and remain there until your task is complete.
4. Check your email on a schedule. Checking your email constantly only lowers productivity. Set two or three times during the day that you plan to check and send emails.
Email is a real kicker for a lot of the small business people that I talk to. It really drains their productivity, because they have not set up their email clients for maximum efficiency. I have a section in my book, Work. Smarter! , that deals with this issue. You should download it for your Kindle or Kindle-for-PC. Click here – Work.Smarter! Book.