It is so easy to get sidetracked even when you have perfectly good intentions for working on a project.
Just one little thing can derail you!
Soon, you can find yourself frittering away a whole day and wondering why you never got around to doing that project!
It usually happens when you are struggling to do a certain project that involves lots of decision-making. Things like:
Decluttering a closet of clothes we know we never wear,
Sorting and filing papers, or
Learning how a new app works on our phones.
These projects take intense concentration and you need to ensure you have the right tools and environment!
I believe the following tips will help you stay focused.
Make a date with your project – also set it for a day where you don’t have a lot else to do and make it a time where you can focus the best. For me that is morning! I find it easier to concentrate when I have dinner planned and even prepared and put in a crockpot.
Get all your materials ready and a working space cleared and designated.
Start by setting a time frame – get out a pen and notepad and write down several 20-minute segments. I usually start with one hour and then write down three twenty-minute segments. Check off each segment after completion.
Set a timer that audibly ticks away the seconds and GO! This step is crucial to helping you focus on the task at hand! Without setting the timer you will become less aware of time and more likely to go slower. Believe me, a timer will help you focus so much better than not using one!
When the timer is ticking don’t let anything distract you from the task in front of you! I think it is best to put your cell phone in another room. And if it rings or dings, realize that almost anything can wait an hour! Your thoughts will also start distracting you. Don’t let this happen. When that distracting thought comes in, right it on your notepad.
Take a break when you need to – after each 20-minute segment is best – don’t do anything too distracting.
Reward yourself after the first hour of working on your project is complete. You may be tempted to hyperfocus and want to get more done – but it is usually not a good idea! Instead, put all your supplies away out of sight and relax! You deserve it!
I sure hope these tips on not getting sidetracked will help you. I know they have helped the people in my decluttering classes.