Leading into the end of the year we know what’s coming, distractions, scheduling changes and a feeling of overwhelm. I share how I’m tackling those things and how I’ve started celebrating the things that are going good at the end of my days. If you are in need of an attention tune up there’s a few strategies that may help in this episode.
Checking off a to do list is one thing, but getting to the point that you are operating like a fine oiled machine you have to do more. I’ve started to hold myself accountable to what is distracting me from moving forward by eliminating distractions.
The distractions in my world come by way of dishes, social media, and NetFlix. Yep. I’m so distracted by the smallest things as I work toward my goals. So I’ve had to start a evening routine that includes tidying up the kitchen, filling water bottles, and moving my phone to another room to ensure these things happen.
By proactively doing these things the night before I start the day with no excuses. It helps me remain focused, and jump right into working on the bigger picture items, and my todo list instead of letting my chores and minor tasks completely take over my day.
You can do this by jotting down all the things your mind defaults to while you are working on an important task. Instead of getting up to do it (squirrel) do it in the evening or when the important task is completed.
A common reason I hear from people, and that I’ve felt recently is that there is no time in the day to work on the things important to you. I promise you there are little pockets in your day that you could be re-capturing to start working on your important things.
Schedules changing or someone interrupting your normal daily flow means you’ve got to recognize those little windows of time that you’d otherwise be doing nothing or distracting yourself and recapture those times.
In this episode of the podcast I share a few moments that I’ve found in my schedule that fall into this arena. I’ve recaptured those moments in my day and repurposed the time to get ahead.
The last system I’ve re-started is 2 Positives and 1 Thing to work on. This was advice I received more than one time and is a trusted technique the most focused people use.
It works like this; At the end of each day write down 2 things that went well for you. Then write 1 thing that could use some work. This is a great way to see what is occurring week after a week and also start to address it. This process creates a great balance of positive and next steps for you as a check in each day. Also by writing this down you can see recurring patterns that can be addressed to make marked improvements.
I invite you to listen to this episode and implement these techniques into your daily routine. Share in The Coffee Shop how these things are working for you!