I am easily distracted at work. Phone calls, emails, Skype messages, text messages, and people just stopping by my cubicle to ask me questions. I utilize the GTD task list to keep, but I had to reimplement the Pomodoro technique to manage my time. I find myself way more productive when I set aside specific times to check emails, review logs, listen to voice mails, those things that would normal interrupt me from checking things off my list. I’m trying to find a way to let my team mates know when I’m busy so that they know not to interrupt me. Perhaps something like a blynclight for Skype and just set my status to busy during a Pomodoro. I use Focus time and have just considered setting my phone or ipad in a visible location so that they understand. I plan to share the technique with my team during our next meeting as I know others suffer from the same distractions.
For the past few years I’ve been forced into an application/infrastructure role at work. I hope to move back into a role that allows me to get back to something I am passionate about – data. Prior to my current role I was involved in large Data Warehousing and Analytics projects. In the past few years a lot has changed and I will be filling in some gaps along this journey back to the future.