Focus Booster - How To Stay Focused During An Organizing Project
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Need a focus booster? You know when you're trying to organize a room or space and you get distracted? Here's a tip on how to stay focused and how to eliminate procrastination associated with this type of distraction.
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1 Focus Booster Tip That Will Keep You On Task During An Organizing Project
You know when you're working on an organizing project in one room but you get distracted for whatever reason and end up in another room? Then whatever you were working on goes unfinished?
It happens to the best of us, including me, but I've figured out a focus booster that will keep you on task so that this doesn't happen.
Let's say that you're working on decluttering your bedroom. You're sorting and you're on a roll. Then you come across something that belongs in another room like your kid's toy. You take it back to his room and notice that his toys are all over the place. You start to tidy up and the bedroom organizing project goes unfinished.
Here's what to do instead.
If you are in the middle of an organizing project and you come across something that belongs in another part of the house, simply place the object by the door. Leave a few minutes at the end of your organizing session to distribute items to their rightful locations.
This way you don't get distracted, you don't leave the room AND stuff still gets put away.
Apply this focus booster tip to any projects or tasks and your productivity will increase as well.
Here are some examples:
- Let's say you're tidying up the main level of your house, but you find a bunch of stuff that needs to go upstairs. No need to run up and down every time you come across something that belongs up there. Instead, put the stuff on the stairs, continue doing what you're doing and then bring the items with you the next time you go up.
- This can also be applied to running errands. Rather than running out every single time you need to visit the grocery store or the bank or the dry cleaners or the post office, try to make the most of your outing by doing a few or all of them.
- It's the same thing when you are working on one task on your computer, but something distracts you and you end up clicking around. Instead of wandering from email to social media to the project you're supposed to be working on, set a timer for an allotted amount of time and focus on the task at hand. No clicking around allowed until the timer goes off.
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This is just one of the ways in which an organizing project can go unfinished...
The "Start Stop" Practice mentioned earlier can occur due to distraction like this blog post explains or it can be the result of indecision or being overwhelmed or simply not knowing what to do next.
If this procrastination method resonates with you, then you might be interested in The Procrastinator's Guide To Getting Organized.