Generally, people use technology in an attempt to aid their productivity. Gadgets and apps are supposed to make things easier, but is all this tech actually taking over our lives and making us less productive? How can we master technology to make sure that it is working for us and helping us to be productive?
Book time out of your calendar
One of the worst things about electronic calendars is that your colleagues can all see when you’re free and when you’re not. This means that they’re able to book meetings with you at times that are most convenient for them, and not necessarily the best times for you. Product Design Director at Facebook, Geoff Teehan, suggests booking out your own calendar with fake appointments where no meetings can be scheduled.
This has the bonus that if something is urgent people will opt to call or email you, instead of calling a meeting that could take up a lot more of your time.
A lot of guides on becoming less distracted will also tell you that it’s important to accept that distractions will come and to make space for them in your day. If you allow yourself a set time to do something other than your work then the idea is that while you’re working you’re less likely to be distracted.