Are you a work at home mum (WAHM)? Or are you trying to work on a project at home but feel like you’re constantly getting distracted? I’ll be talking about five things that may be derailing your productivity. And I’ve got a few solutions that might help you!
All mums are busy right? We wear many hats as mothers and if you’re also a WAHM like me, time is valuable! I have three kids ages 9, 5 and 1 and they keep me busy! We homeschool and I’m also a gigging musician and a blogger. Getting anything done requires some serious intention. Things don’t happen by accident round at my house. And I’m guessing they don’t around yours either!
Don’t let these derail your productivity
There are 5 things I’ve found which can seriously derail your productivity as a WAHM or even as a mum who wants to get a project done – like this year! Whether that’s making a cake for your sister’s wedding. Or organising the attic. Or completing an online course. And I’ve given some solutions to help you around them so that you can be more productive.
Because I go into a bit of depth on them, I’ve decided to break them up into five individual posts. Otherwise it might feel like you’re reading a whole novel on the subject! So here is the first one for you.
I put this one first because I think it’s the number one killer of productivity around the world!! Yes my friend. Your phone, your computer and all of their bells and whistles literally distract us constantly throughout the day. You might be working on something and then *ping* – someone’s sent a message to a group you’re in on Whatsapp. Or someone tagged you in a photo on Facebook or…. you get the point. Now, technological distractions can come in several forms. Here are the most common;
- Social Media – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, Whatsapp, Snapchat and the myriad of other social media platforms!
- Internet – browsing the internet aimlessly and window shopping online.
- Emails – opening emails you’re not interested in and also re-reading old emails because they’re still hanging around your inbox.
- Gadgets – spending hours with a shiny new gadget….because.. it’s shiny and new!
How to deal with this distraction:
Turn notifications off on your phone or smart watch.
Before getting buckled down in your project or work, put your phone on silent or airplane mode. Close down any windows on your computer that are open to social media channels as they may alert you to incoming messages and updates which will continue to distract you.
Use the internet with a purpose.
If you need to use the internet to look something up. Look it up and get off. If, whilst you were searching, you saw something that you might want to look further into. Bookmark the page and close the window immediately! Write a note on your to do list to schedule a time when you can surf the net and go back to that page which will be waiting ever so patiently for you in your Bookmarks. Don’t waste your precious time disappearing down the rabbit hole that is aimless web surfing! You’ve got more important stuff to handle, right? That can wait.
Unsubscribe from all email newsletters which you really don’t have time to read right now. Don’t feel bad about the person or company sending you those emails. They won’t die if you unsubscribe. I’m pretty sure about that. You can always re-subscribe later if you really want to.
Deal with it just once
Try to only deal with emails once. If you’ve read an email make a decision to either delete it, archive it or work on it. If you can’t work on it right away because it’ll take more than a couple minutes, make a note in your to do list with the action required for that email and then archive it. Yes, that’s right. When you send an email to the archives, it isn’t gone forever. You can access it anytime you want by typing a relevant word or two in your email search engine. This will also help you get through your emails faster because old emails won’t continue to clog up your inbox. If you have a serious email problem, I recommend checking out this very practical step by step guide to getting to Inbox Zero.
So technology is the first item on my list of things that derail your productivity. The next one in this series is coming soon!
Let me know in the comments below how you avoid getting distracted by technology when you need to do some focused work.
Other posts you may like:
- Things That Derail Your Productivity As A Mum – Part Two
- Things That Derail Your Productivity As A Mum – Part Three
- Things That Derail Your Productivity As A Mum – Part Four
- One Thing That Rocketed My Productivity
- Secret Morning Energy Booster
- Making Over My Mornings