Sitting in front of a computer is more challenging than it’s ever been. It’s way too easy to get lost in a sea of distractions. We can fool ourselves into thinking we are being productive by checking our emails, or we can be more blatant and kick back with an episode of The Walking Dead or Orange is the New Black on Netflix.
For me, in order to stay focused and on track, it’s real important to follow a few simple guidelines that I established for myself before I allow myself to wallow away in unproductivity.
Some simple yet effective ways I try and get things done are:
Keep Lists – Without seeing it in writing, it’s way to easy for me to forget what needs to be done.
Create Deadlines – An open ended deadline is a sure fire way to keep pushing tasks off.
Prioritize – Know which tasks are most important. I make sure to complete revenue generating tasks before I do my book keeping or filing.
Shut Social Media – Easier said than done, I know. But unless I am setting up ad campaigns on FB, I really try to log out or else….
Create a Routine – I try and only check my email two or three times a day. Otherwise I am in there way too often.
Take a Break- It’s OK to step away from the computer. Get a little fresh air. Re-assess your accomplishments and unfinished business,
Speak to an Adult – Sounds silly, but there can be entire days where I am not engaging any adults. I work from home, and have twin 4 year old girls. Real easy for the brain to turn to mush.
Eat Healthy Snacks – the body needs nourishment and energy. Try and feed it somewhat nutritious food.
Exercise – Get the blood flowing. Stretch. Move around. Obvious.