Take 15 minutes before you leave work to clear your desk and make a prep list for the next day. Walking in to a fresh, clean desk with a neatly typed or hand written list of how to attack the day brings you to a happy place instead of the chaotic craze.
Peter Bregman is strategic advisor to CEOs and management teams and author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. According to Peter, people are interrupted, on average, four times an hour, and the more challenging the work, the less likely you are to go back to it after the interruption. In other words, we are most likely to leave our most important work unfinished.
Here are Peter’s top 10 tips to reclaim your life from distraction.
So there you have it: How to reclaim your life. If you’d like an objective test of your efforts, take Peter’s diagnostic quiz. In a few minutes, you can determine where you stand. If you need some assistance, check out Peter’s book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. It will help you reclaim your life from distraction.