5 Tips For Staying Focused on the Task at Hand [Video and Text]

Focus is important but it’s even more important when you’re working from home. More often than not when someone isn’t moving their business forward it’s a time management or focus issue more than knowing what to do. It’s taken me a long time to get to where I can sit down and pump out 3000 words without getting distracted and I really have to intentionally give myself that focus but it can be done.


Here are 5 tips to help you out based on my experiences.

  1. Start with a very specific goal. Don’t just say “I’m going to write a blog post.” Say “I’m going to write this blog post and have it finished and promoted by noon.” You want to get specific with your goal and work hard to meet it. Setting a deadline for yourself helps. Don’t feel like you need to make it a harsh deadline but don’t give yourself three times what you actually need.
  2. Take care of distractions first. Check your email, social media, and all of that quickly before you sit down to work. If it’s done that’s one less excuse you have to distract yourself.
  3. Close out of anything not related to that task. If you leave extra programs or tabs open you’re just giving yourself more distractions. On top of that, you’re exiting out of anything that might ping you with a notification and break your focus.
  4. Take breaks. Every 30 minutes take 2-3 minutes to turn off your monitor. Your eyes shouldn’t be staring at a screen that long anyways.ย Every 60 minutes take a 5 minute break to walk around. You’re going to burn yourself out and stress out your body if you don’t take breaks. Your health is important!
  5. Figure out what works best for you. Maybe you work best in the mornings. Maybe you focus better after a jog or meditation. Maybe caffeine makes you jittery so you focus best an hour or two after that first cup of coffee.

I hope these tips help you out. It sure feels great getting back to doing videos. I was prompted to do one after joining blogging challenge Bonnie Gean is running this month. Each day has a different type of post for everyone to do so we can all add more variety to our blogs. Today was a video post. If you want to join in, click here.

So, what helps you stay focused? Are there any specific things that help you get things done without getting distracted?

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  1. Great tips and thanks for sharing this. I admit I have a hard time focusing and have to remind myself that I need to make adjustments so I can remain focused with my work!
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  2. This is true for me too (making a specific time goal) because if I don’t, I can stretch that one blog post across the entire day. ROFL

    Some really great tips here Amanda. Thanks for sharing them!
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  3. Great tips, Amanda! I think we all can empathise with that getting started vs getting distracted issue. Just came across an add on for Chrome browsers called Momentum. Each tabs opens with it and you can add the days to do so you stay focused. Anything to help ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. I’m very good at being distracted. I no longer open my mail in the morning because that is always a trigger to find something else not quite as important to do.

    When I’m really in the zone, phone is off, sound on comp is off, in fact anything that pings, pops, flashes, beeps or pops up is off. _ I should do that more often!

    Thanks for sharing your tips Amanda!
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  5. Great tips today Amanda! Definitely something many of us should impliment!
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  6. Great tips Amanda, thanks! Totally agree with #4, it’s so easy to just sit there, become distracted and end up wasting time not being productive. So yep, get up and clear the cobwebs.
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  7. This is a problem for me too. Sometimes I have my daily blog post done by 9:30 am and other times I am still putting the finishing touches to it at 9:30 pm – and the only difference is the number of things that I let distract me as I work. Great tips there Amanda.
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    • I’ve noticed the same thing. I’ll have two articles to write and it’ll take an hour and a half. The next day it’ll take 12 because I didn’t focus as well.

  8. I’ve tried writing ‘to do lists’, schedule reminders that pop up in my calendar on iPad or mobile, I’ve even tried using an app called ‘eat that frog’, just don’t ask ha!
    I’ve found that none of these methods work long term. I’m just un focused, and flit around doing tasks haphazardly.
    Eventually getting things done.
    Great post Amanda, I think you are right staying focused on the task at hand takes work and practice.
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    • It does come down to finding what works. I’ve found that getting rid of distractions (anything with a notification) goes a long way. On days where I know I’m not going to be able to focus on one thing for a long period of time I’ll plan to work for 30-45 minutes on one thing and switch whether I’m finished or not.

  9. Great tips Amanda, I am glad I am not the only one who has trouble staying focused. I am very easily distracted and lose time so easily. What works for me is breaking things down into small chunks, for example aiming to write 150 words, then i’ll go off and do something else then come back and write say 300 and so on, I dont know why, but this just seems to work for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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