Five tips to fight distraction

It's easy to get distracted in today's market. The Information Overload Research Group offers these tips to limit the amount of distraction you deal with day-to-day:

  1. Turn off e-mail notifications to save yourself from being constantly interrupted as new e-mails arrive.
  2. Read the entire thread before responding. Ensure you are responding to the latest posts and not repeating points already covered.
  3. Set aside time for e-mail. Designate blocks of time in your day to focus on processing your e-mail.
  4. Limit your CCs and "Replies to all." Only copy people who really need to get the e-mail.
  5. Be concise. Write clear and concise subject lines and have each e-mail focus on only one topic.
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