“Magical Monday-Limit Your Distractions” by Joan Y. Edwards
Today is the 4th week of Accountability Corner. I hope to encourage you to continue your venture towards completing a project or two that you’ve put on hold for varying reasons in or out of your control. You can do this. Mondays are magical in that they offer you the chance to start over. A chance to renew your enthusiasm for yourself and your project. Perhaps try a different way to get it finished. Sometimes you may have distractions. If distractions are keeping you from being on task, perhaps reserve a special time during the day to allow distractions…to take phone calls, answer text messages and emails.
Step 1 Turn off the sound alerts on your cell phone.
Step 2 Sign out of your email app on your computer.
Step 3 Answer all text messages and emails. To your family and close friends, you can send a text message at 8:00 a.m. saying: Working on a project for the next 1-3 hours. If you text me, I will answer you when I take a break at time 15 minutes after your goal time.
Step 4 Go to bathroom, drink a half-glass of water. Set your timer for your allotted time (1-3 hrs) and work without non-emergency distractions.
Step 5 At the end of the hour, stand up and shout. I am great. I did it. I worked an hour on my project without distraction. Answer text messages, phone calls, and emails: Repeat steps 1-5.
I am sure there are other ideas for limiting distractions. You will find the way that works for you. For me, putting my cell phone in another room where I can’t hear it works for me. Make a plan that works for you!
Please leave a message for me. It fills me with joy! If you’ve finished a project or worked on one, let me know in the comments. I will celebrate with you. I will stand up and say, “You did it.”
1. Focus Your Time and Reward Your Accomplishments-Especially the Small Ones:” https://joanyedwards.com/focus-your-time-and-reward-your-accomplishments-especially-the-small-ones/
2. “How to Avoid Distractions and Work and Stay Focused:” https://thrivingcenterofpsych.com/blog/how-to-avoid-distractions-at-work-and-stay-focused/
3.”How to Not Get Distracted While Working Remotely:” https://thrivingcenterofpsych.com/blog/how-to-avoid-distractions-at-work-and-stay-focused/
Accountability Corner Posts:
1. “Accountability Corner”
2. “Accountability Corner – Step 2 – Project Ideas”
3. “Accountability Corner – Step 3 – Your Weekly Project Plan:”
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6 thoughts on “Magical Monday – Limit Your Distractions”
Thank you for writing. I am glad you think limiting your distractions is good advice. I hope you get your projects completed that touch your heart!
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Such useful and encouraging advice! I do have a couple projects I’ve been putting off for various reasons and will try shutting phone off and setting timer, so I can say “I did it!”Thank you for always supporting and bringing joy to your friends and you readers.❤️
Thank you for writing. I smile when I hear from you! I am very glad you found this post to be helpful. I’ve found that asking Siri on my iPhone to tell me when an hour is up, works pretty good for me. Then, I take a short break, and ask her to set it for another hour to work on my active project. I didn’t use to have to use the timer, but it seems it helps me focus on being accountable for what I say I want to do and what I actually do! You are amazing with all you do and all the peace and understanding you bring to people of all nations with your book, “The Last Cherry Blossom” and your presence. Thank you for that. Thank you for being you!
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