Managing Your Time and Focus

With all the ‘noise’ in the world today, it is so easy to get distracted, waste time and lose your focus.

Personally, I know I waste more time that I should on non-essential tasks.  Thankfully, I have devised a system via my Microsoft Outlook program to remind me of the important work I need to accomplish every day.

For creative folks, I imagine that managing time and focus is even more challenging!

Rob Fortier, the Creative Talent Wrangler, offers some suggestions in his article:  Reclaiming Your Creative Focus

Managing Your Time and Focus -- Rob Fortier

1. Block out time.  Decide when you’ll be doing your creative work and put it in your calendar.  Make it an appointment that you keep with yourself- no matter what….

2. Power Down.  Turn off your phone and email- and anything else that rings, blings, buzzes, chirps, chimes or flashes.  Every time you get interrupted, you end up wasting a lot of time trying to get back on track.  Cut the distractions off before they have a chance to get in the way of your work.

3. Don’t Multitask.  Studies show that the idea that we can multitask is a big lie.  Your brain is not actually capable of doing more than one thing at a time.  When you think you’re multitasking, it’s really jumping back and forth between the two different tasks, making each task actually take longer.  Finish a task and then move on to the next one.

4. Turn off the TV.  The average American watches 34 hours of TV a week… When you watch TV, your brain basically checks out, and over time, your attention span gets shorter and shorter.  Granted, giving your body and your brain time to relax is important, but go for a walk, meditate, or take a quick nap.  Just imagine what you could accomplish in a week with and extra 34 hours added to it!

5. Change you Environment.  If there’s too much going on in your home or office, go somewhere else.  Keep the essentials that you need to work packed in a bag, making it your mobile office…The library, a coffee shop or even the park can be just the change you need to let your brain know, “Okay, it’s time to concentrate on the task at hand.”

So what do I do to help you manage YOUR time?  I go through the newsletters from the experts and share them here with you.  Maybe you have wondered why I curate so many articles rather than just writing my own.  Well, there is so much good information out there that often has a different viewpoint or perspective than mine, so I share what I find.

Hopefully, I helped you manage your time today!

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