Excerpt: Sharon Nelson and John Simek: Set a Notifications-Free Zone
We all have work we know we have to get done before the weekend — or we will end up doing it over the weekend. Been there, done that.
The trouble is the endless distractions that interrupt us each day. We can’t always avoid all of them, but we can cut way down on distractions in a major way by doing just one thing: TURN OFF NOTIFICATIONS.
Whether on your phone or your computer (and those email notifications are the worst), we get distracted, take a fast look and often find ourselves taking a quick break from a serious task for a minor one. Interrupting your concentration is more damaging to time management than you might think. Focus is critical and many lawyers have lost the ability to stay focused on a single task. Silence the darn phone if that’s what it takes. Close your inbox if that’s what you need to do. Finish that pesky but important task and, come Friday, you can look forward to unwinding (as we all need to do) over the weekend!