There have been countless days where I would write a to-do list, and then spend the rest of the day switching between completing multiple tasks and getting distracted easily. I came to the realization that this was actually causing me to take longer to complete each task, and the quality of each completed task wasn’t my best work. I started changing how I structured my days with giving more focus and breaks, and it’s actually been a huge help. This may be something that you do already, but if not, I thought I would share why + how you too can do focused productivity and hopefully it will be helpful to you!
Focused productivity to me is instead of spending all day working on many things and getting distracted along the way, you give yourself periods of working on only one task with no distractions or breaks. You give 100% of your focus to what you are doing, and then you give yourself breaks in between these periods of work. The balance of working and taking breaks helps you keep your mind on task without getting too overwhelmed.
I have found that doing this has made me more productive each day. I stay on task more (although let’s be honest, we all get distracted sometimes), and complete each item on my to-do list in a shorter amount of time. The work I’m doing also tends to be a bit better because I’m only giving my focus to one thing and not 5 other tasks at once.
Now this won’t be doable for everyone, especially if you work in an office. Most everything that I do for work, education, and blogging is online, so I can do almost everything from home. However, even if you can’t do this for work, you can still do this for your personal hobbies such as blogging or anything else!
It’s important that when you’re setting how long you’ll do 100% focused work and then take a break, that you know your working limit. You don’t want to overwork yourself at one time, so if you need to take shorter breaks more frequently then do so. For me, depending on what I’m doing, I give myself 30 minutes to an hour of working and then a 5 to 10 minute break.
Find something to do during your breaks that won’t get you distracted and let time slip away from you. I would suggest avoiding social media when you’re taking your break because most times 10 minutes on there turns into a few hours. Getting up and walking around, or just standing are great ideas to help keep your blood flowing and your body awake. You can also have a snack, hydrate, read, or meditate!
And that is all about focused productivity! I hope this helps if you’re having trouble tackling your daily to-do lists or need to try some new ways of working. Now if working uninterrupted for long periods of time, or working with music or something playing in the background helps you work best, then do that. It’s all about finding what helps you be productive and work best, no matter what anyone else is doing!