Distractions, distractions, distractions. Aren’t you tired of those pesky things screaming for your time and attention EVERY DAY?! Me too!

Keeping your attention on what is most important in your day and life is one of the most essential ingredients if you want to be able to:

  • Have a feeling of accomplishment each day;
  • Achieve your goals;
  • Appreciate what you’ve done and what you have in your life and business;
  • Have time to feel good, take care of yourself and have fun;
  • Feel in control of your life and business.

We ALL know how easy it is to get distracted way too much and to feel overwhelmed, stressed out and spread too thin.


Here are 5 steps to get you back into good habits of focusing on what is essential so you get the results you want:

Step 1: Do a brain-dump and write down EVERYTHING you need to do.

This is really the ONLY way to get everything out of your head and onto paper. After listing everything you need to do, create 3 categories of:

‘A’ for urgent and important, ‘B’ for important but not urgent and ‘C’ important but not urgent (it can wait for now).

Remember that we will always have a million things on our ‘to-do’ list so choosing the most ‘essential’ for the day is what you want to focus on. If you do this every day, the most essential things will get done.


Step 2: Write down your top 3-4 priorities. Post them where you can see them every day.

To keep your attention in the right place it is essential to remind yourself every day of what is truly most important.

So what is most important for you this week? An important project with a deadline? Your family, your health, your blog? Getting organized?

Think about it and reduce what is important in your life to the top 3-4 most important priorities each day.

Write those 3-4 things down and post them in your workspace, bathroom mirror or on your fridge. It’s important to choose only 3-4 so you have time for: self-care, doing a few things that are enjoyable and feel good, and having time to be present and not rushed with everything you do.


Step 3: Work in a no-distractions zone.

Coffee shops may or may not be the best place to work distraction free so re-think this location. Take a few minutes and make a plan.
Ask yourself: what are the 3 most common distractions that keep me from doing my work in a focused way?

Ask yourself: what are the 3 most common distractions that keep me from doing my work in a focused way?
Figure out how you can prevent those things from distracting you. A few suggestions to help you limit your distractions are:

  • Shut the door to your office.
  • Shut down email, instant messaging programs and put your cell phone in silent mode for an hour or more at a time.
  • If your surroundings are noisy, use headphones with music or noise canceling headphones without anything playing in them.
  • Put your cell phone in a drawer and set a timer for the 30-45 minutes while you work so you don’t get distracted by your phone. (This might be REALLY hard at first, but with consistency, it will get easier!)


Step 4: Limit your time in your favorite places online.

Put a limit on your time you spend on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your favorite forum. A couple of things that have helped me to not get too distracted by such places is to:

Remove them from any favorites list in the browser. Easy availability makes it easy to go there when you want to escape. So make it a little harder to get there. I’ve noticed that if I have to type in the address to that site then I usually forget about it and I don’t jump in there whenever I am bored or feel like procrastinating. Instead, I tend to forget about the site for a day or several days. It is out of sight and out of mind.

Use it in short bursts. After you’ve spent time working in your no-distractions zone you can relax or reward yourself with 5 or 10 minutes on social media. If you can’t seem to be able to keep that time-limit then use a timer to keep yourself in check.


Step 5: Get an accountability partner or coach!

We all know how easy it is to let ourselves off the hook for getting things done. It’s really helpful to have an accountability partner or a coach who can help you get clear on what’s most important, and who can hold you accountable to doing what you say is most important and then doing it.

We often get so overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. That’s why it can be incredibly helpful to have another point of view as to what we should focus on to move us forward. Join me for a free 45 min session.

I also recommend reading or listening to the book, “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown. It’s all about eliminating all that’s not essential (which he argues is MOST things), and how to discern what is. I highly recommend this book!

Have a fabulous day and focus on those essentials!

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