It's for your own good. Eliminate these things from your day and you'll see productivity improvements (not to mention happiness).
If you receive a decent return on investment from your current to-do list management practices, you'll get huge returns, in terms of productivity, improved relationships, and personal well-being by adding these items to your List of tasks not to do:
Every day, commit yourself not to:
1. Check your phone while you are talking to someone.
You did it. You played the game of "Is this your phone? Oh, it must be mine. You tried to act as if you were thinking while glancing at the mobile phone. You said, "Wait, let me answer that little SMS".
Maybe you did not even say, "Wait." You just stopped talking, stopped paying attention and did this things.
Do you want to stand out? Do you want to be that person everyone loves because they make you feel, when they talk to you, as the most important person in the world?
Stop checking your phone. He does not notice when you do not pay attention to him. Other human beings? They notice it. And they care about it.
2. Doing multitask during a meeting
The easiest way to be the most intelligent person of year the room is to be the person undergoing the most attention in the room.
You will be amazed by what you can learn, both from the subject of the meeting and the people attending the meeting if you stop multitasking and start paying more attention. You will discover and understand hidden agendas, you will find opportunities to build relationships, and you will find ways to make yourself indispensable to the people who matter.
It's easy, because you'll be the only one trying to do it. And you will be the only ones to succeed at multiple levels.
3. Think of people who do not make a difference in life
Believe me, the people of Planet Kardashian are doing well without you. But not your family, your friends, your collaborators, all the people who really matter to you. Give them your time and attention.
They are the ones who deserve it.
4. Use multiple notifications
You do not need to know at the moment that you have received an email. Or an SMS. Or a tweet. Or something else that appears on your phone or computer.
If something is important enough for you to do it, it is important enough for you to do it without interruptions. Concentrate totally on what you do. So, on a tempo that you set, instead of a tempo that you let everyone else impose on you, stop and look up to see what happened.
Then go back directly to your task. Focusing on what you do is much more important than other people could do. They can wait. You and what is really important to you, can not wait.
5. Let the past dictate the future
Errors are valuable. Learn from your mistakes. Then, let them go. Easier said than done ? It all depends on your perspective. When something goes wrong, turn it into an opportunity to learn something you did not know, especially about yourself.
When something goes wrong for someone else, find the opportunity to be generous, forgiving and understanding. The past serves only as training. The past should certainly inform, but in no way define you, unless you let him do it.
6. Wait until you are sure you will succeed
You can never be sure that you will succeed on something new, but you can always be sure that you are committed to giving the best of you.
And you can always be sure that you will try again if you fail. Stop waiting. You have a lot less to lose than you think and everything to gain.
7. Speak in someone's back
If only because gossip is nil. (As well as those who spread them). If you talked to more than one person about something Paul is doing, would not everyone be better off if you had come out and actually talked to Paul? And if it's not "your role" to talk to Paul, it's probably not your place to talk about Paul.
Turn the use of your time into productive conversations . You will do more and earn a lot more respect.
8. Say "yes" when you actually want to say "No"
Refusing a request from colleagues, customers, or even friends is really difficult. But it is rare that saying no is as bad as you feel. Most people will understand and if not, should you care so much about what they think?
When say no, at worst you will feel bad for only a few moments. When you say yes to something you really do not want to do, you may feel bad for a very long time, or at least for the time it takes to do what you did not want to do in the first place.