Eliminating work distractions


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January 8, 2015 9:02 AM

Improve time and attention management

Have problems with procrastinating? Does the Internet and email distract you from your work? Learn how to be a “productivity ninja” at the EARN breakfast workshop on Feb. 18 at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre.

The event, hosted by the Regional Business Accelerator (RBA) and Lloydminster Economic Development Corporation, teaches workers how to work smarter, reduce stress and better manage their time.

“The purpose of the workshop is to help people generate awareness of ingrained and unproductive habits and aims to improve and build new behaviours related to attention, time and email management,” said Marya Pettigrew, executive director of the RBA.

The 90-minute presentation features keynote speaker and Edmonton productivity ninja Rachel Murray, from Think Productive, a specialist training company that focuses on helping business workers improve time and attention management.

The event is geared toward anyone who works in an office, has to handle a lot of email, or has to juggle multiple projects on a regular basis.

“They’re going to work with people on both the psychology and technology aspects of managing day-to day-tasks. How to avoid procrastination, manage your email so you can save time, reduce stress and have a more Zen-like calm in their workday.”

The RBA’s goal is to help people start or grow their business and Pettigrew feels the event is a good fit and happy to sponsor it. They typically hold a minimum of 10 such events each year and strongly encourage people to take advantage.

“We try to offer workshops that we hear from the public they would like to have,” she said.

“I think that a lot of times people are so busy that they don’t want to leave the work place to come to a workshop because they’re losing valuable work time. But a lot of times you go to workshops and you learn some valuable tools that make you more effective in the long run.”

“So if you could just spare four hours of your time you might save many more hours in the future.”

The EARN breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 and tickets are $25.

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