Are you finding that distractions and inattention are impairing your work or relationships or are undermining your quality of life? Is this getting in the way of reaching goals, very frustrating emotionally or making it impossible to get things done that HAVE to get done?
Listen to our interview with Judith Kolberg on Ci Radio here to learn more.
Judith shares many valuable insights on the showabout the ENDLESS amount of information, opportunities to be connected and distractions that consume our time and what we can do about it.
Here are five practical ideas to stay focused, feel better about yourself and get things done.
Pick just one to try out today.
CREATE A MEANING RESERVOIR
Finishing something important early in the day so you get this great sense of accomplishment. This gives meaning to the whole rest of the day. Look for a big chunky easy thing to do. Or, even a small thing that is utterly achievable.
CLOSE BEFORE YOU OPEN
Finish a project or task from the previous day BEFORE opening or beginning something new. Email is an “opener” – it creates MORE work to do. Don’t open it until you have “closed” something else.
USE A TACTICAL ARTIFACT
ADD folks often have weak working memories. It is hard to “remember to remember” which causes them to be easily distracted, jumping from task to task. When you go to another area of your home or office take a TACTICAL ARTIFACT (e.g. a wash cloth if you are washing dishes, your pen if you are writing a letter) to help you remember what you are doing so you can return to complete the task.
USE DIGITAL STICKY NOTES
Sticky notes that are digital! They are colorful and sit on top of your computer screen. Some allow you to embed an alarm in them. Google “digital sticky notes” to find one you like. Other digital helps are out there like Jot.com to capture verbal information and turn it into text.
MARRY TASKS WITH TIME
Instead of the endless to do list sync the to dos in a time table or a schedule. Use softer alarms that don’t rattle your brain.