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Daily Buzz: Drowning in Distraction

Block your time for improved productivity

In today’s work environment, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the constant emails, messages and calls coming your way. If you don’t manage these distractions, it could hurt you in the long run.

Try time blocking to keep distractions from eating up your time, said John Rampton on Entrepreneur. Time blocking is a technique where you segment your day into defined chunks of time. For example, you would set a block of time from 8 to 8:30 a.m. to complete a specific task rather than sporadically working on it throughout the day.

“The key to time blocking is organizing the tasks that need to be completed and then set aside a specific timeframe to focus only on those items," Rampton said. "This prevents multitasking and interruptions from dictating your day."

There are a few best practices to follow to get the most out of this technique. For one, block your time based on priorities. Create a to-do-list of the day’s tasks and rank them in order of importance, Rampton added. From there, block your time so that the most important task is scheduled the first thing in the morning, the second most important thing is scheduled after that, and so on.

You can also schedule your days by theme instead of working on 10 topics in a day. Mondays could be spent on recruiting, while Tuesdays could be when you schedule all of your meetings, Rampton said.

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