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Tip 28 – 28 Days of Reducing Distractions

Tip 28 – Give in to the distractions. 

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Because sometimes listening to your child tell her story, taking a phone call from your mom or watching a bird play in the water sprinkler is more important than….. ___________

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first series.  Stayed tuned to tomorrow – I’ll be announcing what our February 28 Days of will be.

~Amy

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Tip 27 – 28 Days of Reducing Distractions

Tip 27 – Set time limits. 

It isn’t fair to turn off all distractions (to you or the distractors).  Set time limits on how long you work, how long you workout, how long you talk on the phone, how long you sleep or how long you do anything.  Variety is good!

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~Amy

PS – I’m working on next month’s series.  I can’t wait to share it with you!


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Tips 25 & 26 – 28 Days of Reducing Distractions

Tip 25 – Create a separate email account for newsletters and receipts.

Don’t clutter up your inbox with emails you want to read later.  Keep one inbox for action items and one inbox for “things to read later” .  The “to read later” emails won’t distract you when you’re trying to get some real work done.

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Tip 26 – Carve out a time to read those emails

My friend Maria wakes up early every Saturday morning and while everyone else is still sleeping, she reads her favorite blogs and any fun emails she’s been saving all week.  What a wonderful way to start the weekend.


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Tips 23 & 24 – 28 Days of Reducing Distractions

We all remember why I’m working on this series this month, right?   As part of my New Year’s resolutions for 2014 – I’m working on my Year of No – and that includes No Yelling!  You can click on this link to read more:

Tip 23 – Write it down and save it for later. 

I’ve started this new system where I only put between five and seven things to do on my list each day.  In all honesty, that is about all I can get done in one day – five to seven things.  When I know I can’t get to one more thing, I start tomorrow’s do-to list and put those action items on there.  It has helped a lot with my brain going into overload and overwhelm.  It’s not procrastination, its smart planning.

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Tip 24 – Stop multi-tasking.  

Studies show that one can’t check your email, your voice mail and pay attention to your kids and listen to your husband all at the same time.  Our brains are wired to fully concentrate on one task at a time.  Smart ways to multi-task;  doing laundry while cooking dinner, sitting on an exercise ball while typing an email and coaching your kids’ soccer team (time spent with your kids and getting some exercise too).

Any other ways to multi-task smartly?  

Happy Monday, Everyone!

~Amy

 


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Tip 23 – 28 Days of Reducing Distractions

Tip 23 – Plan to leave 15 minutes early 

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I think she is looking for her keys

Here’s the scene – it’s time to go in five minutes but you still check email one last time, let the dog out, can’t find your phone.  If you plan to leave 15 minutes before the time you really need to leave, you’ll have time for any last minute distractions.

Happy Friday Everyone!

~Amy

PS – How are you liking this series?


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Tip 22 – 28 Days of Reducing Distractions

Tip 22 – Brain Dump

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Have you experienced your head spinning with ideas and things to do.  Try a brain dump and get them out of your head and onto paper.  It will clear your mind and allow you to concentrate on the task at hand.

 

~Amy

 


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Tip 21 – 28 Days of Reducing Distractions

Tip 21 – Wake up 20 minutes earlier. 

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Along the same lines as but your breathing mask on first, if you get dressed and ready before everyone else is even awake…the odds are that you won’t be distracted with your own needs while motivating the others to get ready themselves.

~Amy