How to get more productive

Want to know how to get more productive?  Start by learning to switch OFF!

In a world of 24/7 connectivity, it can be hard to switch off. But in the same way our body needs sleep to recharge and regenerate, our mind needs time to be disconnected from technology. Make TODAY the day you decide to start switching off!

This can be as simple as choosing not to check emails after 5pm on weeknights; or not checking email on weekends. It provides an opportunity for your brain to be disconnected from technology and for your thinking and to be exposed and fully present to exploring time with family, friends, hobbies, or anything that brings you joy and happiness.

In his seminal bestselling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey, advocates as Habit Number 7, how important it is to “Sharpen the Saw” to be at our productive best.

Likewise, investment guru, Warren Buffet is credited as sharing his time management lesson of not having a fully packed calendar and leaving time for thinking. Additionally, when CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates would often take a week or more off to read and review information or just be with his own thoughts. If it’s good enough for these two, then I know it is good enough for you too!

So how do you start?  Start by committing to something simple like switching off technology a couple of nights a week or on weekends to recharge and think. Not only will you and your work benefit from it, but so too will your family and friends!

Whilst this may seem like a common sense, simple change to make, they aren’t always easy. If you want more help getting productive with Microsoft Office programs, download my FREE 5 Microsoft Excel tips eBook at and really commit to making today the start of your most productive year EVER!

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