One of the best tips I ever learned was to be able to recognise when you lose focus. And of course if you do this quickly then you lose less time before you get back on track.
If we don’t notice our distractions we can lose a lot of our planned productive time on lower priority work or someone else’s priorities. And you know you can’t get that time back and it can lead to frustration, plus increased pressure to deliver on original priorities.
We will all be distracted by slightly different things, different people, different apps, and different family members! So the key here is to figure out your own solutions. But first you need to know what your distractions are. Then when you really need to be productive, you can make every effort to eliminate those distractions.
So here are some the key pointers.
- Decide what you want to focus on and for how long
- Use frequent timed checkpoints to see if you are still working to plan
- If not make a note of what has distracted you
- Make every effort to return to your plan
Stick at it until it becomes automatic for you to note the different things that distract you during your workday and start working on strategies to reduce those distractions. Take control and protect your productive time.
So let me know if this works for you. And of course please share any other ideas, tips or tools in the Comments below.