Capturing anything is hard enough, recapturing something after you’ve lost it is nearly impossible. This past month I’ve been focused on getting all my poop in a group. Join me as I share the 5 things that I’ve done to build my perfect focus trap!
Here is the list of things!
Consolidated Old Ideas
In addition to a notebook and several scattered sticky notes, I had over 50 notes on my iMac with ideas in various stages of planning. These have been collected for 2 years and had started to feel like projects that have remained incomplete. Instead of continuing to worry about executing them right away or the greater fear of losing them all together I consolidated them to 1 spreadsheet. I also discarded ones I was no longer interested in pursuing.
Eliminated Filler Tasks On My To-Do List
I LOVE TO DO LISTS. There is something about them that make me feel like life is manageable. Over the past 3 months as we’ve settled into RV life I’ve allowed really minor tasks pop into my to-do list. I’ve let things like, taking out the trash, or laundry completely take over. The weekly tasks to work toward my goals have all but ceased to exist. Fresh to-do’s full of goal oriented deadlines have been allowed in, and all filler tasks eliminated.
Challenge Your Routine & Habits
For the past 2 years while holding a part time job and making aspects of this business work I’ve fallen into a variety of habits and routines that are not working. I challenged myself to take a fresh look at how I was spending my day, and even harder to adjust how things are working.
The news program I’ve watched every morning has come to an end meaning I can start working earlier. This also means my day can end sooner and I can do something fun, or visit with people we are seeing. I’ve also been fixing regular meals and walking more.
This month I’ve limited all social media, left groups that were distracting, and added timers to keep me accountable. It’s made a world of difference for my new gratitude practice, and my reading habits.
Delegate What You Are Dreading
There are tasks that you have to do, then there are tasks that should be delegated. A variety of household chores I despise have been delegated like hanging up clothes and taking out trash. I’ve also leveraged my network to get things completed to keep up with deadlines I’ve set.
Manage Your Distractions
Turns out, I’m the center of my distractions. Like literally. I started marking down the number of times I was distracted by something. I made 4 categories 1. Phone Calls 2. Text messages 3. Email 4. Direct Messages. While I had the most direct messages come in in a day (17 was the most in 1 day), I had nearly no phone calls, text messages or emails to manage. So what was keeping me so distracted?
A variety of little lingering tasks, like grabbing a water, getting a q-tip, or tidying the desk. Even looking for the perfect planner sticker. All these little things were making my mind wander and not being helpful at all in getting things done.
I flipped my phone over, logged out of facebook, made the decision to get focused and started at the top of the todo list only stopping when the timer said to stop.
What benefit did this have for me?
Things accomplished this month:
Written 5 chapters of a book
Started a Home School program for my kiddo
Submitted 2 speaking gigs & landed them!
Set 2020, 90 / 60 / 30 day goals
Consolidated 2 years of ideas into 1 spreadsheet.
2 Guests booked for this podcast
4 out of 8 ugly to-do list items checked off.
Want a bit more detail and hear more about the digital detox on this week’s podcast: