It’s not a lack of time that’s the problem – it’s what you choose to do with your time. Without really thinking about it, we often prioritize our interruptions. We get on the computer to do some work, but checking our email leads to checking social media timelines, which leads to catching up on some blogs, which leads to time spent looking through the archives, which leads to scrolling through Pinterest… it can be never ending. Before you know it, you haven’t gotten much work done and you don’t know how you got sucked into the internet for an entire hour that felt like 10 minutes. Sound familiar? Even when working productively, time may pass by without getting a chance to do something that you had wanted to. For example, earlier this week I wanted to take a break from working to spend some time at my piano, but time seemed to slip away and it didn’t happen.
It’s about prioritization – if you’ve spent an hour browsing blogs, it’s because you prioritized that over anything else you wanted to do. Make sure you’re prioritizing the right things. We all have 24 hours in the day – how do you want to spend them?
Game Plan: The best way to make sure something gets done is to schedule it. Even when it’s something you want to do, sometimes it can get pushed aside because you’re busy working on something else. To avoid prioritizing distractions, try setting aside a specific chunk of time in the day to check email/twitter/last night’s highlights/shop on Amazon, etc… You may find that some of those things aren’t appealing anymore when they’re not distractions from the task you are doing. Set small periods of time to focus on one thing. You will probably find that when you tell yourself that you will work on something for 30 minutes with no distractions before taking a break, you will get a lot more done than when you stopped every 10 minutes to prioritize a distraction. When something does pop into your head (Oh wait – I have to renew those library books!), write it down on a piece of paper and return to it later. Right now you are focused on the task at hand.
Quote source: Zig Ziglar