The Easiest & Most Effective Productivity Tip You’ll Find
I get this question a lot. I get it from my entrepreneur friends, my creative friends, my friends in Network Marketing. They all have the same problem. How do you stay motivated and focused when you don’t have a boss pushing you to get things done? How do you show up consistently for yourself?
It’s a great question and there are lots of things that get in the way of self-motivating. And nothing makes you feel worse than when you’re really excited to do something that you know is good for you or your business, and you can’t stay on task.
The number one solution I have for overall focus and getting more work done in less time is super simple and incredibly effective. It’s called Work Blocking.
Work Blocks are 25 minute blocks of time that you set to work on a specific task. To start a work block you set a timer (I like to use the website tomato-timer.com because block and break times are preset which saves you time). If you’re already a subscriber to my website, Hilo IPA, we have a link to the tomato timer in our header bar to make it even easier for you to take advantage of this tip.
When you’re working in a block you get rid of all distractions – turn off notifications on your computer, turn off the ringer on your phone, turn your phone over so the screen is hidden (no peeking!), I even like to put headphones on and play focus music like this Spotify Playlist so even the environmental noises around me don’t pull my focus. The point is to remain laser focused on your task for the entire 25 minutes. At the end of the block you get a 5-minute break. After the 5-minute break, you start another work block.
This accomplishes three things:
By working in blocks of time it makes it easier to plan your schedule for the day. It’s much cleared when you identify the tasks you want to accomplish and then break those tasks down into 25 minute sessions.
We eliminate the feeling of overwhelm that can plague us when we see all the things on our to-do list and think about sitting in a chair for hours on end to complete them. Who can’t wrap their head around working for 25 minutes? It’s like when I go to spin class and the instructor yells at us to peddle like our lives depend on it for a 45 second sprint. I can commit to peddling harder than I ever have because it’s only 45 seconds. I push hard because I know there’s the promise of that break at the end. The same principle is working here. You work hard and commit to no distractions because 25 minutes is reasonable. And by remaining focused for the entire 25 minutes, the quality of work improves and you get a considerable amount more done.
Our brains only have so much capacity and are vulnerable to overload so, taking the 5-minute breaks actually help our productivity. Those few minutes allow our minds to relax and come back refreshed and ready for the next work block.
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