How to Avoid Getting Distracted When Working

I had written ‘write 4 blog posts’ on my goal for the day. It was my batch day for marketing and let’s just say I didn’t get the 4 blog posts written.

I found myself in a rabbit hole of researching new courses to buy on writing welcome email sequences, trying to onboard a new client and getting lost in my inbox… and then I had a new cool product idea come into my head that I wanted to start working on and then I was scrolling through instagram and saw a cool instagram caption that I liked and then I decided I wanted to write out some instagram captions… and well I hope you get the picture.

Do you find yourself easily distracted and off task? Do you struggle to know what to work on each day? Do you create batch days, yet are struggling to stick to them? Browse through the ‘parking lot’ method to staying on task

As a business owner it can feel like there are so many tasks to do, yet it’s hard to stay focused on the one task. I began batching my days and noticed a huge difference, yet I still struggled with what to do when new ideas came because I didn’t want to forget them (and honestly it sounded more exciting than writing blog posts).

I began researching new ideas and ways to do things… and that’s when I came across Ashlyn Writes parking lot method. It was a game changer, I do it a little differently to her, yet had to give credit where credit is due.

Here’s how it works…

Have a notepad and pen (or a virtual one if you prefer!) by you throughout the day and anytime something comes into your head:

  1. Write it down

  2. Leave it and keep working on the task you are working on

Some examples of things I write down is:
- A cool product idea
- Some task that I need to do that I forgot about
- Someone I want to send a message to and touch base
- A resource to research
- A blog topic idea or instagram caption idea

… this parking lot list can be anything and everything you want it to be.

Now the fun part: sorting through the list

At the end of the day here is what I do:

  1. Sort through the list and complete the tasks that don’t take much time, yet are something that need to get done that I had forgotten

  2. I put the ideas or big picture goal ideas onto my goals project braindump in Asana

  3. Everything left on the parking lot I either: leave it, schedule it, eliminate it, outsource it

For example:

Eliminate it - a course that I wanted to research… and after thinking about it realise I don’t need right now, so I eliminate it

Schedule it - a task that isn’t urgent, so I go to my Asana calendar and schedule out the task for an appropriate day (I use my batch days to help this)

Outsource it - for example a new email header for my email welcome sequence, I will outsource it to my VA to create one for me.

Leave it - I will write that on tomorrow’s parking lot list if it’s something I want to think about or don’t have time to schedule it out; like to schedule a call with my coach and am unsure of my availability yet.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes!



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Do you find yourself easily distracted and off task? Do you struggle to know what to work on each day? Do you create batch days, yet are struggling to stick to them? Browse through the ‘parking lot’ method to staying on task
Do you find yourself easily distracted and off task? Do you struggle to know what to work on each day? Do you create batch days, yet are struggling to stick to them? Browse through the ‘parking lot’ method to staying on task