I received this question from a sweet reader last month: “How do you avoid getting stuck on social media or watching Netflix instead of getting things done? I have high aspirations, but I get easily distracted.”
That is an excellent question, and one I imagine we can all relate to! The question above was submitted in response to a post about prioritizing home life, which is where many of us struggle to find motivation and discipline to get things done. Staying focused on my work and not being distracted by social media is something I have to work on constantly.
Here are three things that help me stay focused on my work.
#1 Make A To-Do List
I’m very motivated by to-do lists, so this is a natural part of my day. Even if you’re not a list-maker by nature, I think this is something that can really help us get stuff done. Writing down what you need to accomplish will help you see exactly how much you need to get done (which might in turn help you realize that you have no time for scrolling Facebook!). Crossing off my tasks as I complete them helps me realize how close I am to being done with work and thus being able to relax.
#2 Set Aside Blocks of Time For Social Media and TV
One of my weekly chores is to sweep, dry mop and wet mop the entire house. This takes a while and is pretty hard work. I always mop myself into a bedroom where I can then relax with my phone while the floors dry. I don’t allow myself to check my phone or scroll social media until the task is complete.
In the evenings, I’ll often look at what I need to complete and then set a time limit for myself. Usually it’s 9 PM – once that time rolls around, I stop working and allow myself to watch Netflix or YouTube until bed time.
This is the most effective way to stay focused. Logging out of Facebook and Instagram makes it harder to just jump on and start scrolling. I did this over the weekend and really enjoyed it! I think I will implement the logged-out method more often – do I really need to know what everyone thinks about everything 24/7? Nope.
How do you avoid being distracted by social media?