Have you used your phone to help stay focused on a task? Using the timer on your phone can help, let me explain.
First lets look at a task and point out the locations of distractions.
Your task is to research a product.
- coffee is low…need to make a new cup/pot. coffee supply is low, let me browse the options for my next order.
- you notice new email, and you browse the inbox.
- someone stops by your desk to ask about a project.
- while on the web, you see an advertisement for another product, so you click.
This list could go on, but you get the point. So many things could come up that could distract you from your goal. These distractions will keep you from completing your goal.
This is how a timer on your phone could help. In this example give yourself 15 minutes and set the timer. Out of the gate you might not know the actual time for a given task so you will need to stick with trial / error for a bit. At the end of 15 minutes see how much you have accomplished.
Here are some timers I use:
- 10 minutes for email. (I do not worry about getting to all of them.)
- 20 minutes. Morning news.
- one collection of songs. Writing a blog post. I have a folder on my phone of some fast tempo songs.
While just a brief list, the songs are going fast, you get the point. If you are in the middle of greatness give yourself a break to complete the idea. The goal is to stay focused and not waste time on meaningless tasks or distractions.
There you have it, a simple little way to use your phone and help you focus.
How do you keep focus on a task?