I’m a pretty organised person. I used to get really distracted with other things though. So I thought I’d share my tips on how to stop getting distracted and get things done!
These are the tips that have worked for me, especially since starting my own business and working from home. Now it’s even more important than ever to not waste time.
How to stop getting distracted and get things done:
1. Plan Ahead
It’s so important to know exactly and clearly what you need to get done before you start. Then you can set a plan to achieve it.
Every Sunday morning I spend 20-30 minutes planning all of my personal and work activities for the week ahead. It’s a precious bit of ‘me time’ that allows me to stay organised and sleep well that night knowing I have a plan for the week. You can watch my weekly planning videos here to see how I actually plan.
You might like to try this, or writing a To Do list each morning. Or a bullet journal or planning on your smartphone or online. Find what works for you, try a few different methods. Is it one long To Do list? Or planning specific tasks by the hour?
Find what works for you and then stick to your plan!
2. Turn off distracting Notifications.
When I’m working, I shut down all of my social media accounts so the notifications.
This isn’t always easy, bearing in mind much of my job is social media management but I try to make it work!
I also recommend going into the Notifications screen in Settings in your iPhone and turning off Notifications for the period of time you’re working. If you can, put your phone on Silent mode altogether.
You are much more efficient when not constantly checking your phone when it beeps.
My good friend, Aby at You Baby Me Mummy, discussed this herself recently in her 2016 Wrap Party course.
In fact, are you a Mom Boss and looking for ways to advance your blog and become more organised? If you are, head on over to Aby’s website now and check out her awesome courses here including some fabulous free ones!
3. Set the Scene
Do you work best in complete silence? Or with background music on? For me, it’s a bit of both.
There are days when if I really need to concentrate and I need total silence to stop getting distracted and get things done.
I plan ahead and work out in the week when I’ll have silence and schedule those tasks in those times.
4. Find a Rhythm that works for you
Are you more productive in the morning? Or are you more of a night owl?
What time of day are you most efficient? Is there a pattern? If there is, plan your tasks according to it.
For me, I’m more productive first thing. I think clearer and work faster then. So I plan my most difficult or time-consuming tasks to happen early morning.
5. Don’t try to do too much
Sometimes you need to accept that you can only do so much done in one day. Break down your big tasks to a few per day so that they’re more manageable. As soon as a task is complete, tick it off and move on to the next one.
If a task is too big and is making you feel overwhelmed, break it down into smaller chunks. Sometimes that feeling of being overwhelmed by a big job puts you off starting it and wastes so much time.
I write both big and small tasks in my planner in two separate lists each day so that they’re in a priority order. When I’ve checked off the main ones, I move through the smaller ones.
This really works for me and I get a great deal of satisfaction when I tick each task off. Even the smaller ones. Give it a try!
Do you have tips to stop getting distracted and get things done?
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