Productivity Tools – a Post-It note?

Productivity Tools from Time Management Keynote Speaker Helene Segura

Productivity Tools – Harness your time management



Inc. Magazine recently sent out a call for “Most Bizarre and Effective Productivity Hacks.” (Hacks are “shortcuts.”) Just for kicks, I thought it would be bizarre to suggest a hack that relies on “old school” office supplies instead of modern technology.

This is the productivity tool I submitted:

I share this with my clients. It’s what I do to help fend off distractions.

I put a post-it note on my laptop with my objective and the time frame I
want to work with focus. Then I set the timer on my cell phone.

Email indicators are turned off. If the phone rings or if someone walks in,
I ask myself if letting them interrupt me will benefit me. If not, I ask
them to come back at the end of my work block. If they will benefit me, I
allow the interruption to happen, but tell the person that I only have 5
minutes to spare.

This can’t be done all day long, but it helps to have at least a couple of
focused time blocks in the day to truly get things done.


Sometimes, going old school with your time management is very beneficial. Inc. Magazine thought so; they chose to post it as #1 on their Productivity Tools list in their article entitled, “7 Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity.”

Check out the article here.

In case that link is ever removed, here’s the PDF: 7 Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity _ Inc Magazine May 5 2015.



For more productivity tools and tips from time management keynote speaker Helene Segura, click here.

About Helene Segura

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead?The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits.Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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