Over the last year, I've found a marked decrease in productivity during project work due what seems like a lot more life interruptions.
I'm (a) easily distracted, (b) the king of procrastination and (c) frequently trying to multi-task to such a wide degree that I almost completely zone out and have revisit and rework things I've marked complete. Interruptions are insidious and I've discovered that its not the major breaks that break things but the small social ones. When I say 'social' I means by way of social media: emails, texts, facebook, twitter, instagram and the list goes on.
[ and thats not even mentioning kids, dogs and the missus wanting to go for a quick lunch at the beach]
Prevent the Interruptions
When I'm working on something, I've decided I need to put away my phone, tablet or other techno-interruptor and designate certain times to review it for messages. Many times I've replied to a text message from friends and/or family to be told "but i sent that message an hour ago" as if I am being utterly unreasonable! It's not an instant world and I struggle daily to leave my technodevices alone. It's OK too be unable to reply immediately. This got me to thinking about coming up with a plan to better manage my time.