There’s so flippin’ much to accomplish, and no time to do it! For this reason alone learning to avoid distractions is paramount to our success these days. Whenever I feel I’m starting to get ahead of things, something always comes up. It might be an emotional overhaul of my life. Sometimes it’s as basic as missing a bill, or not folding the laundry in time to save it from getting wrinkled. It’s the little things in the day-to-day that can impact the way you view your life.
Lately, I’m focusing on setting intentions in my life to direct myself down a clear path. When I do procrastinate or avoid something, I’m often guided by a momentary feeling of defeat. It’s never the case that I’m glad I didn’t go on that run or that I think to myself, “Wow, I’m so happy I didn’t finish my project by the deadline.”
It’s becoming ever more important to schedule and prioritize our time. We live in a constant struggle against daily distractions like cell notifications, social media, children, our families, etc. Learning to avoid distractions has become a secret superpower to getting everything done in a timely manner. When you have a to-do list as long as mine has been as of late, it comes time to get your day organized.
When you have a to-do list as long as mine has been as of late, it comes time to get your day organized.
Here are my top 6 tips for making it happen:
1.) Make a list and do it early: As soon as you can peel your booty out of bed and focus those peepers on the coffee maker, make a list! This can be quickly jotted down on paper or in your iPhone. It serves as not only a road map to your day but a silent reminder that you’ve acknowledged certain tasks as important.
2.) Set timers in your phone: Oh I cannot tell you how helpful this is for scheduling even small blocks of time to a particular task. Sometimes I have an actual reminder set for things on my calendar, with alerts that remind me to either leave the house or that I have an upcoming meeting or call. Often though when I”m trying to tackle my to-do list, I’ll dedicate 15 minutes to each small task. I’ll set a timer for 15 minutes, work on a blog post, email, or let’s say food prep, and then I’ll reset the timer when it goes off and start my new task.
3.) Use timers for non-working blocks of time: Set break reminders for yourself! It doesn’t matter if you’re in the office, on your couch, or at your local cafe. You have got to remind yourself to eat/ take a break/ stretch those legs! Your body and mind will thank you.
4.) Turn off social media and texts for at least two working hours: Seriously. Our phones are distractions; It’s good to unplug. Sometimes you can work without needing the internet or your phone for a few hours. Just an hour or two can help with productivity and that way you have notifications to check while on the subway or on your way to Happy Hour.
5.) Be honest and realistic: When working on a deadline, you can get overwhelmed, it happens to all of us. Be upfront about the expectations and your progress.
6.) Tomorrow is a new day: Don’t lose sight of the fact that some days are just shit! Tomorrow you can transplant list items from the previous day’s to-do list and start anew.
I hope this helps to navigate the chaos.