1. Log your major daily activities for one week. Include anything you worked on for more than 15 minutes at a time.
2. Review your list. Classify each activity as “immediate value” (tasks that produce immediate, bottom-line benefits), “indirect value” (tasks that may pay off later, such as practicing a new skill or discussing business trends with a colleague) or “little value” (reading movie reviews on the Web).
3. Strive to maintain a 5-3-1 ratio of immediate to indirect to little value tasks. That way, you must complete eight work activities before indulging in a diversion.