tips for being more productive, easy ways to be more productive

Between the e-mails, phone calls, instant messages (mostly from friends, dont lie) and people stopping by your office, it seems like you never get anything done. It can be hard to know where to begin when it seems like there is something waiting to distract you from your actual work everywhere you turn. Thats why we asked Dr. Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don't Get Rich and See Jane Lead, 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work, for her advice on staying on schedule and being more productive at work. Here are some easy tips for being more productive.

Savvy Miss: What is the most productive way to start the work day?
Dr. Lois Frankel: With exercise. It will provide you with the focus and stamina you need to get through a long day.

SM: How can people use e-mail more productively (and not let it take up so much of their day)?
LF: Schedule times when you pick up e-mail and close the e-mail file in between. It's a distraction so you should only check e-mail at scheduled times. Also, prioritize using sub-files. For example, create an FYI filethese are e-mails you've been copied on and an Action Required filethese are e-mails that will need you to do something but not right now.