Has this ever happened to you? You sit down at your computer intent on writing a blog post and an email comes in, you read it and then next thing you know it’s 15 minutes later and you haven’t’ even started on that blog post. Or maybe it’s a notification on your phone that distracts you, and that one second to check it has turned into 30 plus minutes of Instagram and Facebook surfing. It’s easy to get distracted from our goals and from what really matters, and what’s really important. But don’t lose focus!
Life is Short. Do Stuff That Matters.
It’s cliche, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Life IS short so don’t waste time on the things that don’t matter. I’m a mom. Making sure I can provide for my kids so they can live their best lives is what matters most to me. That means, I can’t spend my 9 – 5 doing things that aren’t moving me toward that goal. For many of us, it’s easy to know what matters. (Not that we don’t get distracted just as easily.)
Here are a few tips to keep you from getting distracted:
- Turn off your notifications – I know it sounds crazy but seriously, you don’t need your phone and social notifications on. You know you’re going to check your messages and your media throughout the day. You don’t need to be notified everytime you get a “like” or “comment” somewhere. You decide when you’re going to check your phone. Don’t let notifications dictate when you do.
- Create set times to check your email – Again, you don’t need to keep your email program running in the background. Create a schedule to check mail throughout your day, say once in the morning and once in the evening. Or perhaps, schedule 15-minute mail tasks to tackle as much as you can in 15 minutes and then get back to working toward those goals.
- Shut down social media – Follow the same advice for social media as you do for checking mail. Create a schedule to check your accounts and stick to it. Set a timer and work in bursts if need be, but don’t keep it up and running, it’s too distracting.
Do Stuff That Matters
Ok, but what if you’re stuck? What if finding what matters isn’t all that easy? Or what if you know what matters and what you want to achieve but something’s holding you back. Maybe it’s imposter syndrome or fear! I’ve got a tip for you. Find your “Why.” Ask yourself the hard questions. For example, why did you start a blog? Why are you on social media? What’s the purpose? Why are you doing the things you’re doing? What’s important to you? What really matters?
If you aren’t sure how to go about doing this, may I recommend two great books? The first is “Cultivate What Matters” and the second is “Make it Happen.” Both are authored by Lara Casey and will help you focus not just on finding your “why” but also help you to live on purpose. These books have been incredibly helpful and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them. I think you will too, and I can’t wait to hear what you think about them.
Until next Monday, have a great week!
What Helps You Do Stuff That Matters?
Did I leave anything out? What works for you when it comes to focusing on what matters? What advice would you give readers? What would you add to this article? Kick off the conversation in the comments below.