Photo: ThinkstockDon't Do It All, All at Once
...Even if you think the only way you'll ever be able to leave work tonight is by reviewing the marketing report while simultaneously listening to a conference call about the new brand strategy and weighing in on a text-message chain about tomorrow's meeting. The IQs of people distracted by incoming calls and emails can drop by as much as 10 points, write corporate consultants Jones Loflin and Todd Musig in Getting to It: Accomplishing the Important, Handling the Urgent, and Removing the Unnecessary. "That's a larger effect than losing a night's sleep and twice the effect of smoking marijuana."
1. Don't Talk in Your Telephone Voice
Like most of us, my voice on the telephone is not my real voice. While rattling off, "Leigh Newman speaking," I sound crisp, glossy and professional. This is a good thing. It lets callers know that they've arrived at a place ofRead More »from 6 Things You Don't Have to Do at Work