The one technique which has helped me through years and helped me tremendously was my technical consultancy days. I was managing multiple projects and to add to that there was a huge lack of miss management. We were a group of technical consultants in the company (Undisclosed) and we all were trained to work on a product implementation multiple teams tend to use our services.
The sales team was signing projects very quickly which was very good for the company but it was a nightmare on our end and we had to juggle up between multiple projects and had to cope with project managers running after us on deadlines. It was a mess those days and I was totally overwhelmed by the amount of work.
My seat in office was in between my gang with whom I used to hangout and we had long conversations in office regarding movies, games and whatnot. I had to stay late usually to finish my work and cope with the deadlines.
So I came up with the solution one day after having two weeks of late sitting and working like hell and not been able to finish anything properly. I asked my admin/network guy to change my seat to far from my buddies and put me into a little remote place in office.
This was a huge change and it was a mind shift, I was able to finish my tasks before time and one thing I also did which I forgot to mention was that I allocated a certain time to each task and I had to stick to that time frame this was the first of the technique I discussed the Pomodoro technique timeboxing.
I still used to hangout with my friends but I was relaxed now as I understood how important it is to timebox and remove distractions from your work.
Well enough of my story there are some more things we need to remove in order to help get things done.
Cleaning of the surface around you, if you are sitting on a table you need to clean your table every morning or starting something new. Just remove anything unrelated to the task if possible.
If you are working on computer as most people do nowadays, its best if you keep the icons on the desktop hidden, you can do that by right clicking on the desktop if you are using Microsoft Windows and go to view and click “Show desktop icons”. Also never put any files on the desktop even if you are copying and pasting things, it’s a really bad habit and tends to show how distracted you are. Always keep a hierarchy of folders to organize your files and things you are working on. This is a really good habit and it gives you a sense of structure in your mind.