Staying focused takes discipline and preparation. Making lists and timelines keep me on track and focused. But in addition to these list its important to stay focused so that you can achieve your goals. Check out my picks for awesome organizers and planners to help you stay organized AND all of my tips to keep you focused.
Tip #1: Every day write a list of the things you want to accomplish for that day. You can make your list first thing in the morning before you begin your day or the night before. Personally I do both, it just depends on what's going in my life at the time. Either way, I make sure to start my day with a list of things I want to accomplish that day.
Tip #2: Focus on one task at a time. This is very important, I'm a master of multitasking BUT often I end up not checking one task off my list because I've done little parts of lots of things. When you are all over the place it can make you feel a little frantic and out of control. To help me stay focused and on a task, I like to use the Pomodoro Method.
Named after the tomato kitchen timers, the Pomodoro Method uses timed intervals that you work on one task then take a 2-5 minute break and either continue your task or move on to the next one. They Suggest 25-minute intervals followed by a 5-minute break in between, with each work segment being called a Pomodoro. I like to schedule my intervals in 1 hr segments depending on the task. I feel this gives me more time and move on to the next task when the next Pomodoro starts. You can read more about the Pomodoro Method here.
Tip #3: Make your work environment conducive for working. I personally feel more productive sitting at a desk, which is why I find it very hard to work from home. Make sure to remove all distractions that could possibly derail your focus. Sometimes I like to light a candle or maybe have music playing softly in the background. I'm not sure why but this almost gets my adrenaline going and I feel alert and ready to work when my environment is just right.
Tip #4: Use both a planner and a notebook. I have both because I use the notebook to write quick notes and thoughts just to get them down before I forget. I then copy them over to the planner neatly and fine-tuned them, deciding which items I'll work on together and on what days they will be completed.
Tip#5: Buy a nice planner and notebook, not only will it keep you organized but it will also keep you motivated. I'm super excited about my new planner for 2020. I can't wait to fill it up with lists and see each task get crossed off. It gives me a sense of accomplishment that keeps me motivated. Check out a few of my favorite planners below.
What are some things you do stay on track and motivated? I'd love to know, leave them in the comments below.