I’ll admit, sometimes focus is a struggle for me.
There are days when my focus is sharp. I know what I need to do, and I don’t waste any time getting to it.
But other days, I know what I need to do, and I find every reason in the world to avoid it.
There’s one more article to read…
I need to catch up on my email…
I forgot to add an appointment to my calendar…
I need to take the dog for a walk… text a friend… visit Facebook…
And the kitchen’s a mess…
Oh well… one more game of online Boggle won’t hurt…
Before I know it, an hour has gone by and I still haven’t done the task in front of me, a task that I probably could have completed in a half hour or less.
On those days — and on the good days, too — I have a little trick that works wonders.
I make an agreement with myself that for a set amount of time, I can do one of two things. I can do the next task on my to-do list… or I can do nothing at all.
My options are to get something done or stare at the wall.
Once I make that agreement with myself, it gets much easier to do what I need to, whether I feel like it or not. And honestly, sometimes, I do stare at the wall. But, I come back to the task that I’ve set myself much faster doing that, than if I’m bouncing my attention from one avoidance strategy to the next.
Another thing to try with this strategy is giving yourself a little reward when you’ve crossed the task in question off your list. Go ahead and spend 15 minutes playing your favorite online game… or text that friend… or clean the kitchen if that’s what will make you happy.
Limiting your options between doing a specific task or doing nothing at all can do wonders for your productivity… and ultimately can add more free time to your day as you blast through that to-do list a little faster.
Give it a try!
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Did You Miss This?
We had two great events last week, and the recordings are now available.
In the first, Pam Foster and Rebecca Matter joined me to walk you through some of the initial important steps you can take to launch your writing business. If you’re ready to build some momentum, this is the event for you.
Then, later in the week, I hosted User Experience (UX) Copywriting training. During this event, you get to see what UX copywriting is all about… what key mindset shifts you can make to begin thinking like a UX copywriter… and four simple steps you can take to improve the UX of any copy you write. Check it out!
Mark Your Calendar
May 6: Each month, Wealthy Web Writer Platinum members get together for a live meeting. There’s a bit of inspiration and some tips to help you get the most out of your membership. During this month’s meeting, I’ll discuss shelter-in-place lessons you can use to have a healthier business going forward. Plus, we’ll explore top content on Wealthy Web Writer, take a sneak peek at things to come, and get your most important freelance web-writing questions answered live. Join us!
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!