Focused Productivity: How & Why I’m Loving It!


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

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!


Know Your Working Limit

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.

What You Do During Your Breaks Matter

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!


54 responses to “Focused Productivity: How & Why I’m Loving It!”

  1. Great tips, focused productivity has always helped to improve my work effectiveness 😘

    Much Love, 😘
    Elegant Duchess

  2. Kinga says:

    Lovely entry πŸ™‚

  3. Nina says:

    I agree, about everything, especially knowing your work limit. Great tips, and You dog is adorable.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  4. These are great tips! I believe in shorter focused period of time. I highly recommend a book called Deep Work that I know would resonate with you.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Kathrine, and I really appreciate the book recommendation! I looked it up and it sounds amazing. I’ll be adding it to my list of books to read x

  5. Simone says:

    I do get distracted so easily unfortunately, your tips are very helpful. Taking a break is important, usually it helps me to take a walk outside.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m glad my tips could be helpful! Taking a walk outside is a great choice for a break x

  6. Rakhshanda says:

    These are some great tips. I agree with all especially the work limit. Very helpful post dear. You are so cute and have a nice blog dear. I hope we will keep in touch with each other.
    Have a happy Monday!
    Kisses <3

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much love! I’m so glad you found the post helpful. I hope you have an amazing rest of your weekend! x

  7. Inna says:

    Wonderful tips, thanks for sharing!

  8. Kasie says:

    I had no idea what it was called until now but I am finding that I am all about focused productivity lately. I work from home and breaking up my day between tasks with small breaks is so helpful in terms of keeping me inspired!

  9. Quinn says:

    This is such an important post! It’s vital to know your work limits – if you don’t, nothing gets done. I love this idea xx

  10. Janet says:

    Great post Kara! it is so hard to not get distracted! I tend to do a mix of focus 100% on something, then go off and do lots of stuff at once! I do work well when I have a to-do list though – which I need to do more often! You have a cute little dog! xx

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much Janet! That’s great that you’ve found a system that works good for you! x

  11. Rach says:

    This was an incredible post and definitely something everyone can benefit from! I agree that we all should know our limit. At a certain point, our body and minds can only do so much and the quality of the work goes down. Same with what we do for our break. Break should be used properly so we can feel energized and refreshed!

  12. Gemma says:

    Thanks for the tips and your dog is so cute!

    Gemma x

  13. Areeba says:

    great tips dear! i was so in need of this! I’ll definitely try to avoid sticking to social media in my breaks! ps. how cute are you two?? these are some of the aw-dorable clicks of you both
    much love xxxx

    • Kara Callahan says:

      You are so sweet Areeba! Thank you so much, and I’m so glad the tips could be helpful! x

  14. Ashley says:

    This is so smart- sometimes I find that I’m multitasking so much, I’m actually not doing anything well and certainly not moving fast! Need to try this. πŸ™‚

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Ashley! I’ve found that happens to me too when I’m multitasking. I hope this helps! x

  15. Kelsey Bang says:

    your dog is the cutest! fun post!

  16. Amy Arnold says:

    Great concept!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  17. Katherine says:

    I like to do the same where I focus on one task and complete it and then give myself a break before doing another! It works so well. Love your photos, girl!

  18. sepatuholig says:

    thank you for sharing… this is neat!

  19. Kathrin says:

    I prefer focused productivity because I’ve never been great at multitasking. It really does end up being more productive in the end.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  20. Natasha Todd says:

    Great tips! Such a handy post, especially for someone like me who can be very unorganised aha! xx

    Tash |

  21. Dominique says:

    This is such a great post! After having a very unproductive day today I needed to read this! xx

  22. Jessica says:

    Lovely tips you have here dear. Also, Your pooch is the cutest!

    Jessica |

  23. Layla says:

    Such a lovely post and I always enjoy reading this like this as they give a boost of motivation when needed! πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re well and having a lovely week!

    Layla x

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Layla! I’m so happy the post could give you some motivation. I hope you’re having a lovely week too! x

  24. monika says:

    Omg! Your dog is super cute<2 Regards:*

  25. E. says:

    It was a really helpful post! I have to organize my mind to do everything I want and it is quite complicated. By the way, I LOVE your world map notebook, is so cute.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much, E! I’m so glad you found the post helpful. And I love the way maps look, so that’s my favorite notebook x

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I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!