Avoiding Distractions

Do not get distracted from this topic by going to check out that message that just popped up or seeing what’s going on at Facebook! I have found a way to streamline my thoughts so they stay on topic for the length of time I need to get things done. The best way I do that is to time activities. I literally set a timer in my smart phone and work on say a client project for a set amount of minutes. Then I take a another timed interval to do something business-related like filing jobs such as I mentioned in last week’s blog. Of course I also need a fun break because all work and no play makes for a dull day! This way to reduce distractions works for me. What works for you?

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Filing is important (in small doses)

I keep a special file folder for ongoing work, trying always to put in what’s latest. That way when a client refers to something like that last PowerPoint or the white paper I did for them I can find it right away, even if they reference it by some other name.

I file using  job numbers and I invoice that way too. I don’t expect my clients to name things the same way I do though. So by keeping up with my filing of what’s latest, it helps me keep from spending more time trying to track something down than actually working on it. (Which used to happen more often than I care to admit!) But it can take time to file and when I’m busy it’s not a priority. However, I can do it in short spurts between other things to keep it from being too tedious. Then when the effort pays off with time savings later it reinforces the motivation to keep on top of it. Well, I’ve got to get back to filing now!

Purchases Inspired by Design

I sometimes buy items simply because I like the graphic design. I’ve been known to wear T-shirts from teams or places I have no relationship to. Here are some examples:

Surfer T-shirt

Love the colors and graphics

lacrosse_tshirt

I wear these team colors a lot but have never been on the team!

guns_roses_tshirt

I bought this for my husband. He loves it though we only bought one album and have never seen the band in concert.

It tends to cause the occasional awkward question, like “Did you play Lacrosse at Middlebury, Vermont High School?” (No, not even in New York State where I grew up…) “No, I just liked the design so I bought it as a souvenir on a trip up there.” That causes a confused look and the person usually moves on. But I love design and show my appreciation of it this way, even if it might be hard to explain to passers-by!