Do you struggle with staying focused on your tasks each day?
Ever write down a to-do list and then at the end of the day realized you never accomplished many of the tasks on it?
I know we have!
It can definitely be difficult at times, with the many distractions that surround us in today’s technology age, to cultivate laser focus and actually get things done each day. Especially things that will move your life and business forward.
But over the past few years of working from home full time, we have learned a few key strategies that have definitely helped us overcome this problem.
If you’re looking to get more done each day and eliminate your feelings of overwhelm and stress, then this post is for you.
We’re going to dish out our top 5 strategies to stay focused and get more done each day!
Tip #1: Separate your projects into chunks
Chunking is an incredibly effective strategy to minimize your distractions. This is a technique that we first heard of through Tony Robbins and has honestly been a game changer in our productivity. What chunking essentially means is that you take a large, more complex project and break it down into smaller, more manageable group of tasks that make sense together.
For example, let’s say you have to create a blog. Most people look at the big picture, get overwhelmed, and simply never get started because they realize there are so many different things they need to do to complete the project. With chunking, you would break that project down into smaller actions.
One day you can focus on actually setting up your blog (domain, hosting, WordPress), whereas another day you could focus on setting up the theme and color scheme. By taking the overall, overwhelming project and breaking it down into easier to manage tasks over time, soon enough you will realize you completed the whole project without feeling overwhelm or quitting altogether.
Tip #2: Postpone/Turn off distractions
Ever notice that once you log into Facebook for the day, it can eat up hours of your time? Or for you, maybe it’s another website or task that interrupts your day and workflow. Whatever the case may be, it is essential that you postpone or turn off distractions while you are focusing on completing certain tasks.
Have a video to make? Only open your recording and editing software at the time. As tempting as it is to fill our time with fun distractions, we all know that at the end of the day it is unfulfilling to know that we didn’t finish the tasks we set out to do that day.
If you are someone who finds yourself more easily distracted as the day goes on, then perhaps the best strategy for you is to get your work done first thing in the morning before the day gets busy. This way, no matter what life throws at you, you will be confident in the fact that you finished your business tasks and are one step closer to achieving your goals.
Tip #3: Write down what you need to accomplish each day
It sounds simple enough, right? But the crazy thing is many of us do not write down the specific tasks we need to complete each day to bring us closer to our goals. This is where it is crucial to be SPECIFIC about those tasks. If you are too broad, it won’t get done!
We like to split our tasks up between personal and business using an app called Trello. We basically have a list for each day of the week that includes the specific tasks that need to happen on those days.
Then we take it one step further and print these daily checklists out on paper to pin up on the wall. Now before we go to bed each night, we are able to look at our top tasks for the next day to be mentally prepared. If you ever find yourself fumbling around aimlessly in the mornings with clear direction, this helps with that!
Note: Don’t be afraid to split up your tasks throughout the week. It is far better to focus on a few KEY things each day than to overwhelm yourself and get nothing accomplished.
Tip #4: Take breaks!
This one might sound contradictory, but it is so important! Don’t be afraid to take breaks throughout your day. Spend some time meditating, going for a walk, or playing a game with your child.
It can be so tempting to get sucked into a project for hours on end, but the reality is that your focus and motivation will lessen over time if you don’t take some breaks to enjoy yourself.
Often, you will find that you actually come back to the task at hand with a new sense of determination and focus than you had previously.
Tip #5: Make income-producing activities your priority
We all know there are only 24 hours in a day. Sometimes you just might not get around to all of your tasks. This is why it is so important to focus on your income-producing tasks first and foremost.
Create yourself a list of essential daily tasks that bring you the best results, such as emailing your list, connecting with prospects, or creating a daily piece of content. Tasks that, if you didn’t complete them, would mean you likely wouldn’t make money that day. These are the tasks that should be your priority each day.
Although you may have big projects you are working on such as building your blog or launching a fan page, those are tasks that can and should be completed in the nooks and crannies of your day since they do not produce immediate revenue.
As much as I love graphic design projects, I typically tend to focus on such projects at the end of the day or once I finish my money-making tasks.
The creation of cash flow in your business will bring you far more motivation to finish your other tasks than simply working on projects that have no real immediate impact.
Hope you enjoyed our top 5 tips for getting laser focused in your business so that you can get more done and create more balance in your life.
What is YOUR top tip for staying focused? What do you do to stay on track?
Dustin & Tracy Wisnowski
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