The following post is from Bernice Wood of Living the Balanced Life:
In our busy society, there are plenty of things to keep us distracted from advertisements, to events, to classes, to sports teams, to Facebook, to Twitter, to blogs, and I hear that Pinterest is quite a time-suck as well. And then, there are the things around the house like kids, laundry and cleaning, craft projects, and the phone. Is it any wonder we feel frazzled, scattered and feel like we never accomplish anything?
One way to push past all the distractions is to sharpen your focus skills. But, before you focus, you need to know what you actually should be doing.
Dividing Your Project Into an Action List
Along with our everyday tasks that we are responsible for, most of us have a project of some sort going at all times . Having a written list for our routines can help us stay focused. For a larger project, you need to break it down into an action list.
For instance, if you want to start a whole new blog, start new blog would not be on the action list. Instead, you would need to list things:
- Make a list of possible names
- Determine format and theme you will use
- Reserve your domain name
- Decide web hosting
- Get WordPress downloaded onto new site
- Make a list of possible topics
- Narrow down category list
These are just a few of the items that would need to be on an action list for starting a new blog. The action list gives you the next thing you need to work on in a project. Then, when you have 10 minutes or 2 hours to work on your project, you can look at your list and know exactly what you need to work on. You don’t waste your precious time figuring out what is next.
For keeping track of my projects, I like to use Evernote.
Conquering With the Time That You Have
To conquer and move your project forward, you must hone your focus skills. Close Facebook, Twitter and everything else, unless you absolutely have to have a page open for research. Resolve to work diligently until done, or until the specified time that you have comes up.
If your kids are around, you may have to stop to care for them, but try not to get pulled too far away. Don’t go start a load of laundry or go sweep the floor or check the mail. Stick to the project at hand and do not deviate. Do not check email or send a tweet.
If it is a long project and you have to work on it for hours at a time, then schedule yourself some breaks but make those intentional and get right back to work after your allotted 5 or 10 minutes. Having your action item list will help you know where you left off.
This will work well to help you accomplish large projects with multiple steps, as well as an everyday list of things that you need to accomplish.
What helps to keep you focused?
|Bernice Wood is a mother of 4 young adult kids, plus Nana to 7 grandchildren. To help others avoid the pitfalls of stress and burnout and learn to live a more healthy life, she blogs at Living the Balanced Life. She just recently launched a 2nd site, a resource center for busy women.|