Ways to Stay Focused

  1. Spend as much time as possible on a single activity before you switch to the next.
    Switching gears takes up mental space where important work happens - which is why it's tempting. Try to leave as much time as possible between activity switching so that mental momentum can build.
  2. Take the pressure off
    I divide everything creative that I do into two stages: idea phase and execution phase. In the creative phase, any thought is valid - no pressure to execute. In the execution phase, you don't have to be creative - just make the most of what you've already dreamt up in the other phase. For me, this takes the pressure off either phase. And it is often the intimidation that leads to the temptation of distraction.
  3. Start with what you love.
    Start with the piece of what you're doing that you love or like the most - not what needs the most work. This can be a method of self-seduction that encourages you to focus before you even know it.
  4. Figure out how to put yourself into a "work trance."
    For me, it's often loud music playing. For some, it's silence, or no internet. Whatever makes you feel like the rest of the world is shut out more than usual from your brain, do that.