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Anyone else feel like there’s so many things that they want to accomplish on any given day that it’s easier to do nothing then get overwhelmed by all the things? Yup, us too. This past weekend, I went to the Yellow Conference and listened to a bunch of speakers and panelists talk about storytelling and designing a life you want to live. It was fascinating, motivational, and yet these women were so dang relatable. There was this theme of feeling like, ok, you can envision the things you want to be doing five years down the road…but, how do you even get there? Where do you start?
Lately, I’ve been having such a hard time staying focused on whatever it is I’m doing at that moment. Work, the blog, designing the house, so on and so forth. Just feels like there’s so much going on sometimes that it’s easier to say screw it and do something else instead.
Today, I am sharing the three things that help me to stay focused and productive when there are five million things to do.
- Time block: This is something new for me, but it is seriously so effective. I set a time limit for myself to do a project, and try to not do anything else during that time period. That means no answering emails, checking my text messages, scrolling Insta…pretty much anything that can be a huge distraction and time suck for me.
- To-do list the night before: My favorite thing to do each night is make a list of things I want to accomplish the next day. This sounds silly, but it can be even small things like print return label, make dentist appointment or write blog post. I try to accomplish three things on my to-do list each day and actually putting pen to paper is a good way to keep everything organized.
- Google calendar: I actually will schedule out things to do on my calendar so that they don’t fall off my radar. Plus, it holds me accountable.