- Where do you need to be?
- Where are you interrupted the least amount of times each day?
Now, that first question may actually deem the second irrelevant. You know what I mean? If someone tells me, "I need to be in my office, with my door open, email open, phone available and Instant Messenger going," I can predict to certain level of accuracy what kind of "productivity day" they're going to have.
The second question is a bit more strategic. Over the years of asking these two questions (and, I ask them in and out of order), I continually hear people answer the second question by saying,
- "At the coffee shop."
- "In my boss' office, when they are away in meetings."
- "In a conference room down the hall."
- "At home, before my family wakes up in the morning."
In fact, if you want to be more productive tomorrow, try this four-step plan:
- Identify the one BIG project that needs a continual stretch of focus (30-45 minutes).
- Call a mentor/advisor/colleague/manager and ask them to call you in the later afternoon tomorrow.
- Start your day by going to the place you need to be in to be interrupted the least, and most productive.
- Get ready to report to the person calling you just how productive you were!