I’m convinced that I have ADD. My mind goes a mile a minute, I’m easily distracted by shiny objects and the constant barrage of information from the Internet has seized my brain and made me a digital slave. With a multitude of distractions; Twitter, Real Housewives, THIS CAT it seems that the old adage “time flies when you’re fucking off” still rings true.
In our information overloaded society, its easy to get distracted by the bells and whistles of life. Getting caught in the distraction danger zone is a slippery slope that can kill your productivity and leave you with a to-do list that’s no closer to being done.
One of my goals this year has been to make better use of my time and increase my productivity. While it’s easier said than done, there are cut and dry ways to take back your time and make the best of it. It will take a bit of willpower to put down the Crack-berry, but carving out free time and finishing projects will be the handsome reward.
Unplug the Boob Tube
Ask any productive person, what the number one time leech is and they will resoundingly say, “Television”! While I do indulge in a Nene-athon from time to time, limiting your tv watching is a perfect starting point to capturing lost time and regaining sanity. They don’t call it the “boob tube” for nothing and excessive television watching has been linked to obesity, increased aggression and depression. How wretched!
Social Networking = Social Distraction
Hi, my name is Fajr and I’m a Twitter junkie! I’m a fiend for the next status update, Twitpic and retweet. While a large part of blogging involves social tools, it’s also an immense time drain and distraction. Dedicate a certain time each day to “Social Happy Hour” and tweet, facebook and comment in that hour only! Limit your intake and don’t overindulge lest you end up with a “Nothing Accomplished” hangover.
Single Task Trumps Multi-Task
Whoever invented multitasking should be shot! While the ability to multitask is a prized one in our society, it’s not always the best method to completing tasks. Having 10 tabs open on your Firefox browser when you really should be typing a Word doc is not conducive to finishing. Shut down all extraneous windows (that includes logging off Gmail) and focus on the task at hand.
The way to get more done is to do less. No I haven’t been taking the “Charlie Sheen” hear me out. If you have a list of 10 things and only an hour to do them, of course you’ll never be done. Cut that list done to only items that you can reasonably accomplish and work on them. When you’re done, make the next list and so on and so forth. Sure this a dirty mind trick, but completing a list of 2 is much better than drowning in a list of 20. WINNING!
Take One Step at a Time
Facebook wasn’t built in a day (or was it). So getting overwhelmed with your ever-growing to-do list is another form of wasting time. When we focus on all the things that have to get done, we’re simply borrowing time from actually doing them. Life moves at a frentic pace and assignments are due when they are due. Instead of worrying about how you’ll do it, just take one step and the how will take care of itself.
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How are you taking back your time?