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HOW TO STOP DISTRACTIONS AND GET STUFF DONE

I think we all know procastination and how bad it can be for our time management and how we wish to make it better the next time. Well, it’s hard work, but it’s possible. Where there’s a will, there’s a way they say, right?

How to get stuff done: habit formation

To be straight up with you: there’s no magic in here. It’s simply about building a habit. A habit of taking all the distractions out of your place and just go ahead with your task at hand and #justdoit

As you might know, it takes about 3 weeks, so 21 days to form a habit. That means, if you’re able to follow a special routine for about 21 days in a row, you’re very likely to be able to stick with that routine. With that said, let’s get to the things you need to do in order to get more productive and use your time wisely:

  • A clean desk! If you have too much stuff on your desk, you’ll likely be distracted by something more interesting than the hard task at hand…

  • A calm environment! Nothing worse than roadwork noises, loud music or TV screaming at you while you’re trying to concentrate. If you have to work with the environment you have, try putting on either headphones or ear plugs.

  • A timer! A timer? Yes, we’ll start easy and then increase the level of difficulty.

Besides those things, some general tips how to even start to do stuff:

  • Start with the easiest task

  • Divide the huge, difficult task in chunks and start at the very beginning

  • Stop thinking you have to start only from full and half hours and just write down the minute you started and just go ahead… and then write down the time you stopped working effectively.

So, how are we going to get things done exactly?

  • Sit down, put away your phone and turn off any notifications for the first time. Start with 20-30 minutes of a concentration period. Then, you can have either have a 5 minute break or just continue with the task at hand or another one.

  • You can increase your intervals of concentration up to the time you need to… we’re trying to get into the so-called “flow” state, where you just work and don’t notice the time passing and maybe even actually enjoy what you do

  • The more you manage to stay distraction-free, the more you’ll be able to disregard any upcoming distractions. With time, you’ll be able to have your phone beside you and be in a busy environment and still just sit there and do your thing without being bothered by anything

How to stop distractions: work on yourself

Sounds easy, right? It will be hard work though, your mind will come across with a ton of thoughts to keep you from concentrating on what you actually want to do, but you really have to stay strong and push through! It just takes practice, promised! Sure, some days it will be harder than others, but overall you will definitely notice a difference. What helps as well, is writing down the exact minutes of how long you managed to be productive! That’s a huge motivator and also an indicator of how long certain tasks take you, so you can make better estimations about similar tasks in the future for an overall better time management.

And now that you may have distracted yourself from what you were doing by reading articles about how to be productive, get yourself together and get back to work! You will thank yourself (and us) later…

Love, Sophie


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