Lately, my focus has been all over the place. This summer had me in super chill mode and that’s not good cuz I ain’t got time to chill. I have stuff to do. Businesses to build. Money to make. Women to inspire. Pounds to shed. I am a big advocate for self-care and taking breaks to recoup without guilt but I have been taking it way too far for way too long and I’m feeling the effects. It’s been hard for me to bounce back into grind mode. Not to mention, this summer I picked me up a little boo thang and he’s been getting way more of my time and attention than I probably can afford. My laziness comes on strong and tight so I always have to make sure I have certain things in place to keep it in check. So, I had to take a step back and realign myself. I needed to get reacquainted with my goals and priorities and make some working changes. Below are some ways that I’ve established to help me get back on track and might serve you as well.

Turn It Off – In the past I could always work simultaneously with the TV or radio going on in the background. But now I just can’t focus with the white noise. I either find myself completely engaged in the TV or singing full ballads and twerking in the mirror. I now work in complete silence, especially on tasks which require my full attention. It really has helped me to focus.

Do Not Disturb – I have started putting my phone on the Do Not Disturb feature and turning it face down. That way, I don’t hear or see a single text, call or push notification that comes to derail my attention. At first, I felt a little guilty about doing this out of worry about missing an important phone call or something urgent from my family. But that’s why God created voicemail. Our phones, with all of its capabilities, lead us to believe that we have to be accessible 24/7. We’re so tethered to our phones that responding to every ding becomes automation. That type of distraction is counterproductive when you’re trying to work and concentrate. Don’t be afraid to tell others you are working during and that you’ll have to reach out to them later. Turn the phone off.

Make a Schedule – I have always kept a calendar for important reminders and appointments. But recently, I started using my calendar to block off times, dedicating my energy towards certain tasks. I have blocked off time for writing and doing work for my blog every day. It is visibly marked on my calendar and I get an alert when it’s time for me to work. This way I set aside time specifically to work on one task uninterrupted.

Stop Multitasking – Before I made the schedule with task-specific blocks, I would just open my computer and work on things at random. Before I knew, it hours would have gone by and I couldn’t really account for anything I had done during that time. Or I would get so overwhelmed by all that I needed to do that I didn’t know where to start so I took a nap instead. So I stopped multitasking. If my calendar is scheduled for BGA writing 2-4pm, then I make sure to do nothing else during this time. This means purposely ignoring other priorities not designated to that time block. I get so much more accomplished when I don’t divide my attention between my other projects.

There are so many distractions in this world. Heck, I don’t even have a husband or children to divide my time with so I know that for many of you, staying focus can be a challenge. But we can’t get derailed and distracted from doing the things God has called us to do, especially when we are doing good works that help motivate and empower others. What are some tools you use to maintain your focus and keep from getting distracted? Let me know because I am still trying to figure this thang out.