Working online is hard. It’s not always the job part of it that’s hard though, it’s the internet. It’s full of so many shiny things like memes, Youtube and oh my goodness the glorious time suck that is Buzzfeed. But here’s the thing: you have to stay focused. Dave Ramsey talks about being gazelle intense (hear the back story from Dave himself here) and he’s right. If you want to make it to your biggest goals, you’ve got to run faster, push harder, sacrifice more and ruthlessly cut out everything in your life that holds you back. So stop making excuses and cut out the distractions already.
Have a freakin’ planner
If you’re still living in the dark ages and you’re still flying by the seat of your pants, then you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Get a freakin’ planner already. You can’t stay focused on short and long-term goals if you don’t have a way to track your progress and manage your day-to-day life.
I don’t do everything right, but my planner is basically my brain. I’m not going to sit here and tell you which planner is best, because everybody is different and we all have different preferences. I personally use the Happy Planner and love it, you can see the types of things I use in my planner over on my Kit page for planner related items.
You can see in the Instagram post below, which is one of my fun days tracking good things I do in my planner on a regular basis.
Day 17 of my kettlebell challenge- I haven’t done every day perfectly, but I have done REALLY well with being consistent. That is typically my biggest struggle with new routines. As of today, I am increasing the amount of my daily workouts because 30 swings 2 times a day with my 18 lbs weight, with a single set of another exercise isn’t doing it. I added in stair pushups, doubled the number of swings I’m doing by adding a set in the evening and a set in the morning. I’ll be at 120 swings a day, instead of 60. This morning was my first morning of the new routine and I felt really challenged in a good way. I don’t weigh myself regularly, but I’m noticing I am getting firmer in the chest and booty, and losing some in my natural waistline. 💪🏼 I also added wrist wraps from @pressitwristwraps, because my wrists were getting sore with my exercises…that had been a HUGE help! #momlife #mompreneur
I love the availability of information available to us at an instant, but it can be hard to stay focused when there are so many articles to read, blog designs to admire, Buzzfeed quizzes and posts…. so much distraction. StayFocused is a free Chrome extension that blocks trouble sites after you’ve spent certain amounts of time on them and.
Stay Focused isn’t something I use all the time, but when I find myself stuck in a procrastination rut, I’ll use it to curb my bad habits and get myself back into gear. Very useful, and free. Go install it. Right now.
Timers are an amazing thing. It’s awesome how those of us who struggle to not live in a cycle of procrastination and putting things off to the very last minute can help reverse that cycle simply by putting our own deadlines on ourselves. I can’t tell you how many times a day I pick up my phone and tell Siri to set me a timer.
When timers work really well
- When you know you’re going into the “danger zone” of Pinterest and you’re easily distracted
- When you’re often multitasking, like most of us stay at home moms, timers remind you to get back to that task when you’ve probably been settling disputes over legos or saving a toddler from eating something they have no business putting in their mouth. (Real mom life, here!)
- If you’re doing a task that’s difficult, to give yourself a break. I very easily get sucked into tasks that can be difficult, and I look up and find I’ve spent way more time than I should have trying to figure something out.
One last thing
One of the biggest things I’ve found that helps me is having a routine, which gives me a set list of tasks I need to accomplish on my work days. Honestly, that was the difference I had between