7 tips to help PR pros increase productivity

You’ve got a lot of work to accomplish, but there are only so many hours in a day. Here are ideas to help make the most of your limited time.

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Are you having trouble finding time to complete your work amid all the time wasters and distractions in your office?

Meetings, email, chat, robocalls, spam, social media, “pop ins,” software updates, loud cube mates and more can keep you from doing your best work. Don’t let those pesky tasks stack up on you.

Below are seven ways to work around any workplace distraction:

1. Set up a work day.

Have a project deadline looming? Set up a “work day” with your team by locking yourselves in a conference room for the entire day. Set your calendars to “busy” and order in lunch. Establish goals and assign tasks beforehand so you can focus during your time together.

2. Turn off email.

For years, I was in the habit of answering email immediately so I could clear my inbox. I then realized this was distracting me from work that required focus and concentration (like writing and editing). Now, I keep my email program closed, except during designated “email time,” first thing in the morning, immediately after lunch and before the end of the day.

3. Say “no” to meetings—or attend a small part.

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