What’s Your Most Effective Method Of Staying On Task?

I wanted to make today’s post on staying on task interactive. I’m curious, what do you find works best to keep you on task on a daily basis? Everyone has their own unique experience which might just be helpful to someone else so please share! :)

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18 thoughts on “What’s Your Most Effective Method Of Staying On Task?

  1. kirstydavieschinnock

    I diary it – and I colour code my entries so orange for finance, blue for HR etc. I also set deadlines early – which is from my manufacturing life! If it is ‘promised’ for Wednesday I do it for Tuesday. Overall it’s about passion; I want to stay on task.

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Love it, yes I’m big on relating it back to the “why”! :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jessica

    This is awesome! I am the worst at getting off task and I could never figure out why (touch of ADD, I suppose). Thanks for the helpful advice.

  3. nateselanese

    I’ve struggled with getting off task most of my life and recently I’ve been feeling bogged down by all that I want to accomplish and with trying to get to where I want to be. Sometimes it seems impossible or it feels like there’s no way of accomplishing these things. But when I think back to when I have created a list, prioritized and actually stuck to it I saw results. Thanks for the reminder! iCal or google calendar has helped but I find the old fashion way of doing things (writing things down in a calendar) benefits me the most. I just have to keep up with the calendar at all times.

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Thanks for sharing. I also like writing stuff down. I think it helps us internalize it! :)

  4. Khristine

    A checklist, a planner (not electronic, since I’m old-school), sticky notes and gel pens. I love crossing out my tasks with colorful pens.

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Thanks Khristine. I also love crossing stuff off the list. It’s incredibly satisfying! :)

  5. Pure Glory

    Focus on what is most important to accomplish first and not get distracted is most important for me. When I have a deadline that has been set, and it is before me, I concentrate on that. Also, sometimes I will set aside a short period of time each day to work on the important task. Lastly, I find putting God first in my day and centering my thoughts on him and listening to him, helps me do better. If I leave him out of my day, I’m distracted.

  6. A.D. Everard

    An early start does it for me. I’m an author with set deadlines, and I know I feel just awful if I don’t get at least SOMETHING done every day, so I get in early. Sometimes that means I’m up at 3:00 am, but there is nothing so good as having put in six hours work and it’s only 9:00 in the morning! 😀

    I also mentally halve the time I give myself, it keeps me at it. For instance, I gave myself a year to write my last novel, mentally thought of it as six months, and the end result was the finished product in nine months – “late”, but in real terms early.

    The other thing that is important to me is to ditch any negative inner chat – if I’m not happy about something, I do something about it, then and there, and if I can’t I let it go. Attitude is everything.


    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      Couldn’t agree more! Whenever I fall back into old habits I catch myself and consciously correct a negative thought. It’s paramount. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ruby Browne

    I downloaded an app called Self Control that blocks whatever websites I want for whatever amount of time I choose. It’s amazing the things I can get done when I’m not constantly checking on things or falling into the depths of YouTube.

    1. Andrew Hines Post author

      very smart idea! email, text and facebook notification all hurt productivity. It’s a great idea to have uninterrupted time for getting stuff done :)

  8. irinadim

    A very useful reminder how to stay on task. Writing a list works for me but I don’t do it often enough. I too get distracted by Facebook and internet in general. Sometimes I set the alarm clock to stop myself from just surfing aimlessly.

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