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5 Steps To Get You Focused

My intention is not to drastically change everything I want my blog to represent. However, in looking up ways to improve my traffic and generate an income, I've struck an idea or two. Why not share all the information I'm collecting with you? You may find it helpful too. You may want the answers, but lack the endless amount of time I seem to have for research. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing everything I've learned about blogging professionally. From tips to staying focused, to a list of my favorite bloggers. I'll even be sharing some of the resources that other bloggers have shared with me (like time tables and statistic charts - all with sources linking back to the original website)!

This week, I'll be doing the 5-day Instagram challenge, alongside Jenna Kutcher. So, I'm thinking this weeks entries will be a document of that adventure (since I've never done anything like that before). If you're not following me on Instagram, I suggest you do. Although I'm not known for posting amazing things, that might be changing in the near future. You'll want to stay tuned, I'm sure.

Today, I'm feeling like motivation is a big issue for everyone, right? It's hard to stay focused. As I'm putting together lists and signing up to countless websites, I'm feeling like I'm forgetting the important things. Sure, I make a to-do list every morning, but how often do I actually evaluate the items that sit on it? I'd say a couple glances throughout the day, but largely, I find it hard to stick to my goals. As I'm sure you do too. Whether you're a blogger, or just trying to organize your schedule, I wanted to share 5 Steps That Help You Stay Focused:

1. De-clutter

This is the first step to a productive day. You have to remove the clutter around your work space. This includes the internal clutter too! It's hard to focus on anything when you're torn up about emotions or over focused on a distant task. Your job is to focus on the day ahead of you. Nothing else matters today, except for today. Leave those other thoughts somewhere else for the day.

2. Make A Plan

I'm bad with following my to-do lists, but that doesn't mean I don't write them! And I do try to follow along, when I can. Still, it's good to have an idea in mind. An action plan. It helps you to keep your daily goals in mind. Make sure you're only writing down things you can do today. Again, don't worry about tomorrow. If you're like me, you'll find colorful to-do lists are the easiest to use. They are more likely to grab your attention. You're more likely to want to use them. I personally love this planner by SimplyCreativeKatie. It's bright and colorful, so it feels very inviting. You may feel overwhelmed when you look at the list you've made yourself. Take a deep breath, and analyze what you have to do. What can be done right now? Do it. What can't be finished today? Take it off the list.

3. Pace Yourself

Now that you've made an action plan, stick to it. But, don't try to rush through your tasks for the day. You're bound to end up feeling even more overwhelmed if you try and tackle too many things at a time. Keeping yourself at a steady pace will get more done, while keeping your stress levels balanced. Let's face it, any to-do is bound to be stressful. So, you've got to do what you can to keep yourself going.

4. Take A Break

When we over think our goals, we tend to hit a block. Especially creativity. One of the best things for your focus is taking occasional breaks. That doesn't mean pick up your phone and start playing angry birds. Take a break from all of your electronics (phone included). Grab yourself a coffee and go sit outside. You might even choose to take a walk instead. Enjoy the scenery or the nice temperature outside these days. If it's lousy outside or you're not feeling well, grab a book instead. Reading can be a great way to jog your focus. But, you've got to set yourself a limit! Otherwise, you'll end up lost in the pages and nothing will get finished (except the book!). Tell yourself a chapter or two, that's it. As long as you keep yourself to a schedule, you're set. Now, I know that it's hard to unplug. If you're having trouble, Lifehack has a list of relaxing games that will keep your stress levels low.

5. Listen To Yourself

Finally, the most important thing you can do is actually listen to yourself! If you brain is telling you it's time to move onto the next task, follow that lead! When you remind yourself to get something done, do it! Too often we ignore those internal alarms and reminders. It ends up contributing to procrastinating and a lack of focus. If you can't hear yourself think, go back to step 4!


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