When I was launching my business, I did not know what I am about to share with you today. I wish I did because it would have helped me find soooo much more time…AND I would have been able to be more present with my family during that time!
Most entrepreneurs with ADHD feel like they need to be available or respond immediately to get their best results. There is a sort of “NOW or NEVER” feeling that is ever present.
When a notification pings, you jump to answer so you can be helpful and available. If you are aware something needs to be done, you try to “knock it out” right now. But, somehow your efforts splinter and you don’t make the traction you want.
While everyone loves to hear immediately back from you,
reacting to just one notification
responding right away to that one e-mail
or neglecting to create uninterrupted time blocks for deep work…
may be stealing quite a lot from your results.
You may be thinking, “It’s just a minute. Not a big deal, right?”
The latest research shows that just one interruption can cause up to 23 minutes of lost productivity. You hear me right.
That 5 second glance at Instagram.
23 minutes of lost productivity.
That one e-mail.
23 minutes of lost productivity.
Responding to a quick unscheduled “got a minute?”
23 minutes of productivity.
And this is not just my opinion. This is what the data shows. And this is a LOT of unrealized time. So, if you are looking for more time, try to use the power of focus through uninterrupted time to get the traction you need.
To improve your productivity, use this neuro-time-hack to boost your productivity with your Think Time Planner. Set aside blocks of time as you think-time and do your deep work. Turn your cell phone off. Shut the door. Let everyone know when you will return (& honor your commitment).
Here are a few practical ways I set aside uninterrupted time:
I use a Time Timer. The visual impact of the red color diminishing communicates more quickly and clearly to my ADHD mind. All of a sudden, I can “see” what 10 minutes is. If you haven’t tried this yet, you’ve gotta. The science behind this simple tweak is similar to the strategies you use in your Think Time Planner to communicate more effectively to your ADHD brain. It’s a game changer! Get a Time Timer if you don’t have one yet!
I use noise canceling headphones. Because the ADHD mind is more open to distractions (through the senses), I find reducing the input into just one sense (hearing) can really help me focus. I pair it with music to fit the activity, or if the activity is physical, I listen to an online course or a podcast. (Important Note: If you are caring for children, do not use this technique. Being aware of the nuances of the sounds around you is key to keeping the kids safe.)
Set aside time to be interrupted. Time block “responsive time” to “walk the floor” and respond to needs. Set aside time to be with your family or your team proactively. You will both build into your relationships as well as prevent a lot of crises this way.
As a homeschooling mompreneur, I try to start my kids’ mornings with a lot of personal attention, ideas, and inspiration, so when it is time to play their minds have a lot of “fodder” with which to imagine and create. I start with a huge block of interruptible time, so when I need to focus without interruption for a small amount of time, I am more likely to have success.
When you create your plan with your Think Time Planner, set aside blocks of time to do your deep work. Turn off your phone. Shut the door. Let everyone know when you will return (& honor your commitment).
Don’t let interruptions steal your focus and results anymore.
Say “no” to interruptions, and “yes” to your dreams and goals so you can…find more time to focus on what matters most.
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