Tip 10 – Stick to the list
Sometimes in the middle of a conversation with my husband, I will veer off topic and totally start talking about some other random topic. He will interrupt me and say “stay on target” in a robotic tone – usually it brings me back to my original point. In the same context, I’ve been fixated with cleaning out my deleted emails from my Outlook folders. I have over 40K emails I need to delete. My Outlook is running very slowly lately, it keeps getting bogged down and I know it has something to do with this massive amounts of emails that I need to delete.
Yesterday, I was preparing to write my blog for the day and somehow I got diverted to the deleting project. Twenty-five minutes later I was still deleting (it is a very slow and tedious process). The thing is – the deleting project wasn’t really what I should have been working on during that time. I had set aside that time to write and I got distracted and ended up loosing valuable time. What I really need to do is carve out time to work on deleting; put that as a task on my to-do list and stop letting myself get distracted by tasks that aren’t on my list.