Diversity Woman Magazine

SPR 2018

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 9 Upfront > ISTOCKPHOTO Shortcuts Distractible You A 2017 study by the stafng firm Ofce- Team revealed that the average deskbound (or laptop- bound) professional wastes an average of 56 minutes a day using her mobile devices for nonwork activities. at's in addition to another 42 min- utes a day spent on personal tasks. Here are some tips for cut- ting down on distractions and interruptions to better focus. Find the tools that work for you • Try a productivity app like Any.do or Gyst to keep your work and communications organized and streamlined. Distractions still happen. So also try an app to help keep you on task like StayFocusd, a Chrome extension that limits the time you can spend on non- work websites like Facebook. Focusing techniques • Man- agement experts have developed methods to help people stay focused. We like the decidedly low-tech Pomodoro method. Set a timer for, say, 20 min- utes. Start working. Don't stop until the timer goes off. en, take a five-minute break. at is considered one "Pomodoro." Repeat. Every four Pomo- doros, take a longer (15- to 30-minute or lunch) break. e theory is that you can stay focused for short bursts, then feel recharged each time you return to work. Same time, same place • Set a time of day for tackling tasks that you repeat daily. For ex- ample, when you arrive at your desk (or laptop) each morning, write your to-do and call list for the day. Set another time (or two) each day to send and respond to emails. Stick to this schedule. Prioritize Even if you do waste time, make sure to accomplish at least one critical task a day. You'll feel better and your boss will too. Women Political Office Holders on the Rise O ver the last 10 years, female elected officials have made some progress. Today, there are more women in Congress, state legislatures, and mayoral offices than in 2007. And since the election of President Trump, the number of women running for office has surged, according to EMILY's List, an organiza- tion that helps increase the number of female candidates and officeholders. Minimizing distractions takes discipline—and handy tools and tips Versus Mayors of 100 largest cities 21 mayors | 21% 10 mayors | 10% Statewide elected executive offices (governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, etc.) Congress (House and Senate) State legislative positions 105 seats | 19.6% 86 seats | 16.1% 74 positions | 23.7% 76 positions | 24.1% 2017 2007 According to EMILY's List President and CEO Stephanie Schriock, "This surge of grassroots energy is unlike anything we've ever seen in EMILY's List's 33-year history. This past year alone, over 26,000 women from every state in the union have reached out to us and are interested in running for office. Having more women run, and ultimately win office, has profound im- plications for the direction of our country because their perspectives make for better policies." 1,853 officeholders | 25.1% 1,732 officeholders | 2 3.5%

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