My blog is my baby. I’m constantly thinking about it, nurturing it and growing it.
Because of this, the limited time that I do get to spend on my blog HAS to be productive or else I’d never get anywhere.
Another 15 minutes later, I find myself thinking about how I didn’t return so-and-so’s phone call.
It’s not just limited to my blogging time either. It happened when I was in school. It happens when I’m writing patient notes at work. I’m sure it’s happened to you!
Thankfully, with time, I’ve developed a few tricks to minimize the mental distractions and stay focused on the task at hand.
1. Drown Those Thoughts with Music
This is my most effective tip.
But it doesn’t. It’s as if the music gives my brain something to fixate on so that it has less of an opportunity to bring up new, irrelevant, thoughts. (Sort of like letting your toddler watch TV so that they can calm down and stop jumping around all over the place!)
– The second is that the music genre you choose can make a big difference. Some can only work with classical music (like my husband) while others, like myself, likes faster paced music. Try it out and see what works for you!
2. Keep a Running List
You don’t want to forget things like scheduling a yearly check-up or creating your monthly blog post schedule. However, you shouldn’t drop what you’re doing to pay attention to every little task that pops into your mind.
Here’s an easy fix: keep a notepad nearby and quickly jot down items as they pop into your mind. When you write them down, you can get peace from knowing that you won’t forget about them. Also, it leaves your mind, allowing you to stay focused on the task at hand.
3. Start A Timer
In college, I used to write the most brilliant essays when I was uncomfortably close to the deadline. In those moments, NOTHING could derail me from hitting those books and writing that paper; not a text, not hunger, not a natural disaster….okay maybe a natural disaster.
Use it to your advantage!
If you do this over and over, you will surprise yourself with how much you end up achieving.
4. Change Your Environment
If you change it up, you might find yourself to be more alert and focused.
Right now, I’m working in our basement (which I don’t usually do) and let me tell you, I feel truly inspired and focused right now.
5. Block Your Time
Blocking off time for different tasks is a great way to plan your day and to get rid of the anxiety you may feel about an extensive to-do list.
I hope they inspire you to make some changes to your routine and take your productivity to the next level.
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Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books–written by men–barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.