Phil Cooke has an excellent article on office work. Check out his complete article HERE.
Phil's Top 5 habits to improve Productivity
1. Put down the handheld PDA, Blackberry, or Treo type device. Chances are, you don’t really need to check your e-mail every five minutes.
2. Never check your e-mail first thing in the morning. If you come into the office and the first thing you do is check your e-mail (don’t deny it!), you’ll suddenly discover that it’s noon, and you’re still answering those messages. Don’t get caught up in the vortex. When you come into the office, do the most important thing you need to do that day. THEN, check your e-mail. This change alone will make your productivity shoot right through the roof.
3. Read “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. It’s a marvelous book on how to keep your busy work to a minimum, handle tasks only once, and prioritize your life.
4. Shut the office door. Whoever invented the “open door policy” never actually accomplished anything.
5. Finally, you don’t have to answer every cell phone call! Don’t be afraid to let the caller leave a message and get back to them when it’s more convenient.