Be honest. You’re distracted, right, and procrastinating just a little bit? You know what you want to do, but something is holding you back. You are in a state of inaction, but want to increase your productivity.
Maybe you’re like my client, Jane, who was having real trouble prioritising and making any real progress on launching her new marketing workshops. “The first workshop is looming,” she told me. “But I can’t seem to get focused on what I should do first.”
I know the feeling. I’ve been there before and I’m sure you have to.
If that describes your current situation, I have good news. Here are 7 ways to get unstuck, stop procrastinating so you can start being more productive and getting the right things done.
In all honesty, these are not radical ideas on their own, but if practiced together, and if they become part of your daily practice, they will get you in motion and will supercharge your energy and productivity.
Pick Just Three Things to Do Each Day
Many people use a daily planner or keep lists of the things they are going to work on each day. Some have been inspired by David Allen’s GTD Method, are using a Bullet Journal to keep track of everything, or simply use post it notes stuck to their computer.
They have a huge amount of tasks in front of them, some divided by projects or content ideas, some supported by monthly goals. But, the problem for many is that this task list is simply a list of things they want to get done or feel they need to get done.
A simple way to increase your productivity is to get more clarity. Start by prioritising tasks. There is no clarity on when the tasks should be worked on and why they are important in the first place.
To get you unstuck, I recommend picking and working only on 3 Key Tasks each day, with the most important being first.
Make it easier for yourself to get moving. To take focused action.
Focus On One Task at A Time
Despite what you may think, you simply can’t multitask effectively. Instead you need to focus to increase your productivity and get unstuck. Focus on just one thing at a time.
Starting one thing, stopping, and switching tasks reduces your energy Multitasking is a myth. Instead, you need to focus. Starting, stopping, and switching reduces your energy and productivity.
All these unfinished tasks also can create an environment of self-doubt and self-blame.
Choose the most important from your top 3 and work on it until finished.
Work in Blocks of Time
To support your focused, productive work on just one thing, start working in blocks of time.
Look at the task you’re working on and decide how much time you wish to invest in its completion.
If it will take you four hours to do, and it’s a big priority block out those four hours.
I suggest using the 60-60-30 method. Work for 50 minutes, take a take minute break. Follow the same process again and then take a thirty minute break.
Follow the same process again until the project has been completed to increase your productivity.
Take More Breaks
To make the above strategy work you need to ensure you are strict about taking those breaks.
You can use the Pomodoro technique or just set a timer on your watch (not your phone, too many distractions).
You’ll find this actually increases your focus, concentration and productivity. It ensures that your energy is always high.
I recommend going for a walk, having a healthy lunch or doing something that rejuvenates during your breaks.
If you feel yourself getting really tired and losing focus you can always take a quick nap.
Change up Your Environment
If you find you’re struggling to stay focused in your current work environment change things up.
This could be a bit of decluttering in your home office, going to a coffee shop to work or go to a co-working space.
You may prefer having relaxing music playing, that supports your focus.
Turn Off Notifications
Throughout the day we are bombarded with messages and notifications. To stay on track and to increase focus shut down your social networks and their notifications as well as email.
You need discipline to do this, but an email notification or Facebook message popping up when you’re in full flow and destroy your focus and it can take you a long time to regain that focus.
Batch Smaller Tasks Together
All of the steps and strategies above have been focused on helping you get smaller and focus on your most important projects.
But, I get it. You will have lots of smaller tasks that also need to get sorted. The problem is, these smaller tasks are often the things that keep you stuck and stop you focusing on the big, important projects.
So, I suggest clearing space to blitz all of the smaller tasks. You may need a full day or half day each month or week to do this.
Write everything down and just do everything, one after another until everything has been completed. If you need to do a financial task, do several. If you have a lot of admin, do it all at once. Leverage your time and energy across several tasks.
Focus and productivity are like any skills. The more you practice, the better you get. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t initially make as much progress as you want. Try to stick with it for 14 days and see how much progress you make.
What works best for you when you find yourself distracted?
About The Author
Mark Pettit helps successful entrepreneurs become more focused and productive so they can expand their freedom, multiply their productivity and hit their goals faster.
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