Our Corporate Life
May 31, 2011   •   Volume 2, Issue 11   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Maintaining Focus
Ask Amanda: My work style drives others crazy. How can I reconcile my preference with their requests?
♦   Practical Tips: Using Deadlines
 
Maintaining Focus

Concentrating your attention and energy allows you to make substantial progress in an efficient manner. Maintaining focus is more difficult than ever in a time when multi-tasking is celebrated. “Scientists say juggling email, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information,” according to New York Times reporter Matt Richtel in his article “Attached to Technology and Paying a Price,” June 6, 2010.
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Thought to Ponder

We achieve what we believe we deserve.

  
Practical Tips: Using Deadlines

Ever notice how productive you become when you know you’re going on vacation at the end of the week? At their best, deadlines can be a great creator of productivity. Take advantage of this inclination by giving yourself short deadlines for routine tasks. Need to check email? Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes.
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 ask Amanda
Question:

I do my best work at the last minute but this drives others crazy. How do I reconcile my preference with their requests? S.W., Brooklyn, NY

Amanda Mitchell
Answer:

Your belief is a common one—many people believe that their best work happens when they’re under a deadline. First, find out if your assumption is true. Approximately 80% of the people I’ve worked with find that when they look back at the work they’ve done, there was much they could have done better. If that’s true for you, it’s important that you understand what benefit procrastination provides to you.
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