I have a home office and a house full of people this August. Distractions are at prime this month and I’m finding it hard to focus. If it’s not the warm weather inviting me outside, it is someone wanting to chat with me, or my natural curiosity about what is going on outside my office door.
Here is what I have learned to help me be more productive this summer.
What do you want? Be focused on your vision. What do you intend to accomplish before the end of August? I took a look at my quarterly goals and used that to make a list of what I want to get through in the next few week. That helps me stay focused.
Set goals. Be clear each day on what parts you want to get through and how you need to do it. Many refer to it as your top 5. What are the 5 things you must absolutely get done today?
When I write a short, very specific to do list just for today, I am way clearer on where to spend my time and what I need to carve out space for. It also motivates me to get back on track when I catch myself becoming unfocused.
Dig your feet in. I know you can do this. Move away from distractions. Close the open tabs on your internet browser. Avoid conversations with others that you know are not really priority. Move away from the noise distractions.
When you get off track, keep coming back. Don’t give up. Be stubborn. You know you will feel better in the end when you do.
Here is a great article that reminds us distraction isn't "all in our head", it is our head, our brains in fact. Check it out here.
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