How to stay productive when life gets in the way?  Never happen to you?  AHA – of course it does.  Happens to everyone of us but hopefully these tips will help you to keep on track too. Distractions and real-life issues are part of running your own entrepreneurial venture.  They are going to happen so you may as well be prepared.  So what does that look like?

What should you do to prepare for inevitable life issues?

Avoid Self-Sabotage

Self-sabotage is something I have struggled with.  Just as I am getting results, something within will stop me from completing the journey.   Overcoming self-sabotage starts with awareness. Becoming aware of the distractions and how you react to them.

Learn the difference between non-urgent distractions and real-life issues.

Be clear of Your why

It is said that your WHY needs to be so big it makes you cry. What I believe is that your why must be so critical to your future-self, you will build your business regardless of external distractions.

If you or someone you love falls ill, then this is a serious distraction and will take you away from your work at least partially.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

It is a fact that sleep helps us to recover from the previous day’s events and prepare for the next.  When you go to sleep too late, or don’t have a pre-sleep routine, your ability to focus dwindles.

Have a productive Early Morning Routine

Having a regular early morning routine that doesn’t include business meetings, will help you stay on task all during your day.  Check out my article on my early morning routine.

Set Alarms for important activities

Set an alarm on your phone for any important activities. If I need to prepare a report and it is in my urgent and important quadrant for the day, I will set an alarm to get started and an alarm to end the task. Every 50 minutes I take a break from my desk.  It has been shown that we can only focus in 50 minute segments.  I will take a walk or jump on my rebounder in my office for a lymphatic tune-up.

How to stay productive when life gets in the way – conclusion

In conclusion, being productive reduces stress and makes your life more joyful and healthy.  You can re-arrange your work schedule to accommodate important events and use productivity tools to overcome mindless distractions.

And if you are ready to start working on your health, you can learn more about consulting with us directly at Work with Clare Kelway.

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