I have previously written about my Evernote process and it has changed quite a bit since then.
I have a folder titled “inbox” where all of my incoming posts land. Anything I email in or IFTTT sends into Evernote go here. I go through the inbox folder a few times a day and read anything easy to read or clip anything I want to save or read later.
Most articles I clip go into my “Next” folder. Since I have over 1300 articles in my “unread” folder, this way I can keep track of the articles that are closer to what I’m interested in right now.
As I’m reading through my “Next” folder, I’ll either read the article and move it to “read” or I’ll decide it isn’t something I’m ready to read right now and move it into “unread”.
This way I’m actively using 4 folders in addition to a few storage folders. Things that require action stay in my inbox until I’m finished with them. I used to use a “tasks” folder, but I realized if I wasn’t looking at the tasks, I wouldn’t think about them.
Currently is a journaling challenge created by Kristin of Rukristin Papercrafts. It only takes a few minutes to jot down your right now and soon you will have an entire album if journaled cards!
I’m not sure if it’s the weather change or coming off of a vacation, but I am distracted.
It’s frustrating because I have so much I want to accomplish but I can’t seem to focus long enough to get any of it done. The Pomodoro Technique is how I make sure I still make things happen even when I get distracted like this.
I set a timer for 15 minutes and focus 100% of my attention on a task until the timer finishes. After the timer dings, I take a 5 minute break. Whether I spend my break on facebook or playing a game or whatever, that time is free to do whatever I feel like. Once the timer finishes, it’s time to go back to another important task.
Sometimes the time seems too short. If that’s the case, I bump the focused time up to 20 minutes or more. Sometimes I’ll find my momentum and work for a solid 30 minutes before I take a break (and usually finish whatever task I’m working on by then).
Most people using The Pomodoro Technique will work for 45 minutes and take a 15 minute break. While I’m sure this works well for them, I feel like my attention doesn’t last that long when I need to rely on the timer the most.
If it’s something like cleaning, I’ll set the kitchen timer and go to work. 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference in your clutter. If I’m working on my computer, I use the focus booster app. I like that I can adjust the focus time and the break time according to how I am feeling.
How do you accomplish things when you’re distracted?
I am by nature a goal setter. I always have big ideas swirling in my head and at that moment, every one of them sounds amazing.
Unfortunately, it seems like my motivation goes before I finish the project. There are three ways I make sure I keep making progress even when I’m not up to it.
1) Schedule it in my planner
I take big tasks and break them down into small chunks I can accomplish in ten to fifteen minutes and I schedule them in my planner. Feeling extra motivated that day? It’s fine to get ahead. I try to make sure I’m not ever more than a week behind on my schedule. If I think of a random task, I try to write it down right away before I forget. I walk into the kitchen and forget why I came an embarrassing number of times during the day.
2) The Pomodoro Method.
I am relatively new to this method, but I LOVE it for days when I’m just not up to it. I can set my timer for twenty minutes and knock out as much focused work as possible. Then I take a break to get out as much distraction as possible.
I’ll talk about this more tomorrow.
3) OHIO – Only Touch it Once
This is huge. It’s easy to read an email, mark it as unread, and say I’ll deal with it later. But having that hanging over my head gives me major anxiety. I keep thinking about that email and how I haven’t responded to it yet and it gets bigger and bigger in my head. If I handle it as soon as I see it I don’t have to spend mental space worrying about it.
What techniques do you use to keep your motivation?
One of my goals this year is to focus on things that will make my blog work for itself. I enjoy working on my website, but if I can put in effort to make twice the impact then even better!
One major way to do this is to generate pillar content.
Pillar content is your evergreen content. The timeless content that fits 100% in your niche and are your most shared posts.
On April 8th at 6 pm CDT, Amy from Lemon and Raspberry is offering a webinar on Pillar Content!
What is Pillar Content?
How do you come up with Pillar Content ideas – and how do you identify posts you’ve already written as Pillar Content?
What is the best structure for your Pillar Content?
What can you do to get the most bang for your Pillar Content?
How to you change or grow your Pillar Content as your blog grows?
… and more
Please make sure to go here to RSVP! I am an affiliate of her BUILD Course so if you decide to purchase it after the webinar I’ll get credit.
I hope to see you there!