How to stay focused when you are constantly distracted…..
Focus. Prioritize. Delegate. These are the pillars of staying organized and reaching your goals. But what do you do if this just isn’t working for you? If you spend all day organizing and prioritizing, but not much really gets done, it’s time to reconsider your approach. Not all brains think alike.
For some, the to-do list itself is what is causing things to NOT get done. If you find yourself overwhelmed by all the things you need to do and you can’t organize and prioritize your way out of it, or if procrastination is getting the best of you, then consider a different approach.
Here are some tips to try when you’ve tried everything else:
- Break it down - break larger tasks into smaller ones. Starting tasks that are small is easier and you can more quickly achieve a sense of accomplishment. The feeling of accomplishment will help motivate you to get the next task started.
- Take a task you’ve been putting off and commit to working on it AT a specific time, FOR a specific time. Put a hard-core block on your calendar, but make it a short one. Commit to 15 minutes of working on a task without allowing any distractions. Be specific, Block the time on your calendar and turn your phone off. Once you are 15 minutes in, you are likely to keep going. Or at least you have a good start. If you don’t see it through to the end at this time, schedule another short block of time soon.
- Keep a notebook handy. If you sit down to work on a task but find yourself thinking about all the other things you need to do, take a moment, jot the other tasks down so you don’t forget it for later and get back to the task at hand.
- Use a timer. Set up tangible reminders, such as a timer or alarm, to help you stay on task. If you plan a meeting for one hour, set a one hour timer. This reminder will serve to get you back on track if the conversation has led off track.
- Give yourself credit for what you are getting done rather than dwell on more there is left to do. You can keep a positive attitude by recognizing your accomplishments.
- Set up a reward system. A round a golf, trip to the spa or your favorite restaurant can provide just enough motivation to push you to completion.
Don’t forget to let our team in on what motivates you so that they can guide, coach, and cheer you along.
Contributed by our Team Member, Kathy