Every day your work gets interrupted by emails, phone calls and conversations with your boss. To work with focus, instead of reactively, start your day by deciding the three things you want to get done each day.
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As advice site The Art of Manliness explains, you have some time at the beginning of each day before all the distractions come pouring in. Using that time to decide what you want to accomplish during the day can set your course. Then, when someone interrupts your work, you can treat it like the distraction it is, rather than derailing your whole day for someone else's goals:
A better way to approach your productivity is to ask a simple question at the end of each day: "Did I get done what I intended to?" Or as Bailey puts it: "Productivity isn't about doing more things -- it's about doing the right things."
There are always plenty of good things to cross-off your to-do list, but superior productivity requires tackling the best things first. The stuff that has the greatest leverage and ROI in moving you closer to your goals.
Of course, there may be some times where you need to divert your attention for something worthwhile. However, most of your daily interruptions don't fall into this category. Decide what's important before someone hijacks your time and it will be easier to tell when something really does need to take precedence.
How to Use the Rule of 3 to Increase Your Productivity [The Art of Manliness]