Ever sit down to get work done and then totally get sidetracked by those little social media side ads of all the things you’ve looked at over the past week?
Yup- me too.
Like all the time.
Instead of working I end up shopping and before you know it an hour has passed, nap time is over and I need more coffee. Who feels me?!
Here are three ways I dial down distractions and dial up productivity during my work hours...
1. It’s easy to get distracted, especially when you work your business online. Recently I started making a super focused, specific to-do list on a post it before I start to work. This helps me keep on task and visualize all of the things I need to get done. It makes it so much easier to stay on task and not waste time.
2. Your brain works best when it is NOT multitasking. And you will get a hell of a lot more done if you aren't stopping ever 10 seconds to answer a text. If I am working on my laptop I am sure to sign out of messenger apps and sites. Ignorance is bliss, and if I don't know about a text or email I wont have the urge to reply to it right away. If what you do isn't connected to tech, try putting your phone in another room or turning it off!
3. Once I finish everything I give myself permission to browse my favorite Instagram accounts and FB pages. Almost like a super sweet reward at the end! I look forward to this and I actually enjoy it more knowing that I already tackled my work to do list. Maybe checking social media isn't an exciting reward for you. No prob! Other ideas include talking a walk, a Starbucks run or a call with a friend.
Do you have any tips for staying on task during the work day? I’d love to hear them in the comments!