Distractions are everywhere. They can be everything from traffic noises to the scratch of a tag somewhere in your clothes. Yet if you don't have methods to get past distractions, you will have little chance of success in focusing. Focusing can be hard for me. It is especially hard when I am tired, when Iam full of energy, at home, at work, trying to do to much, when I'm bored...I guess just about any time. Without the focus, though, I can't get anything done, and so I have a set of 5 tricks to get past distractions.
'Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.' —William Penn
Time blocking is a method of laying out your day, taking into account your appointments. Then you can slot tasks in in order to give yourself an idea of what can be accomplished during the time given. For years I resisted the idea of time blocking. It seemed to me to be awfully close to putting tasks into a calendar, which I believe is on the same plane as stealing a kid's candy. But after months of working off a bulleted task list and consistently (100% of the time) picking too many tasks to attempt during the day, I knew I had to do something different. Then a chance podcast introduced me to time blocking. Today we will look at how to time block and some common mistakes to avoid.
When you sit down at your desk, are you eager to get to work, or are you put off. Maybe your desk is littered with reminders of unfinished tasks. Or perhaps there is just too much stuff there for you to think. In any case, it is easy to get rid of the distractions and reclaim a productive workspace. It had gotten to the point where I didn’t want to sit at my desk. I was actively avoiding it, preferring to work outside the house or on the kitchen table. Or even worse, avoiding the work altogether. Since it happened both at my regular desk and my writing studio, I had to figure out why I didn’t want to work in those places. The answer was that both workspaces were loaded with distracting clutter. Today I will give you a method to reclaim your workspace and get…
So you've decided to pare down your possessions. You pull out what you no longer want, and there is a big pile of it. What now? Throwing it out seems like a waste when most of the stuff is almost unused. Today we will look at 5 places to get rid of your unwanted stuff. And it may contain some surprises!
Most of us have heard the phrase "use it or lose it" when it comes to time off. But it can be applied in an effort to remove distraction from your life. Today we will explore five places to apply "use it or lose it" in the context of getting rid of stuff that is weighing you down. And some of them might surprise you!
It's amazing. So many people don't take in the state of their immediate environment until it comes time to buckle down and do something. I never see the piles of paper on my desk waiting to be processed until I need to design something. I never see the emails waiting to be filed until I need to send a difficult email. I never see the partially empty coffee cups until I need to plan out my month's blogging schedule. I never see the state of my baseboards until it is time to empty the dishwasher and cook dinner. I never see the broken pencils and dead pens until it is time to write the novel. It's all about the things that I see that distract me from the difficult or undesirable work ahead.
Have you ever looked at your schedule and just wanted to hide? Today I will give you the 4 step process I used to cut back on an overwhelming schedule. It all started with an unrealistic expectation - that I would be able to do the same activities at the same level of participation as I could 15 years ago. Not withstanding that my commitments and circumstances were completely different. As a result of this expectation, I kept piling things onto my schedule, until it just about buried me. So here is exactly how I got it down to manageable levels.