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 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.
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