Does it feel like you are always starting a project, chore, or task, but never get anything finished?  There are a few things you can do to stay focused and finally check things off the to do list.  Episode 52 will give you the answers to get more done at home.  

 

 

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Does it feel like you’re always starting a project chore or a task, but never get anything finished. There are a few things you can do to stay focused and finally check things off the to-do list. This episode, episode 52 will give you the answers to get more done at home. Hey friends, quick tips that make a big impact in your daily life are my favorite ways to implement systems around the house. I’ve been sharing easy strategies and my go-to organizing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional edit Instagram feed for a few years. Now I’m excited to bring it to the podcast with sure episodes answering your questions every Tuesday. If you want me to answer your questions, go to the podcast page on intentional edit.com and at your questions there, let’s get started on this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast. Hey friends, thanks for joining me for another episode of the intentional edit podcast. It is episode 52 and it’s a tip Tuesday. So I am going to be answering a listener question before we get into the question and the solutions. I want to ask you to take a moment to do something. Take a moment and think about when was the last time you felt stressed out or overwhelmed at home, really think about what got you frustrated. What were you doing? What was happening in that moment? When you felt that overwhelmed in that for frustration, and you were really stressed and irritated.

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Now that you have that in your mind, I want you to know that whatever was causing that frustration, there is a solution for that. There is something that you can change or something that you can do at home that will eliminate that stressed out overwhelm. And we just need to get you that solution. So what I want you to do right now is go to intentional, edit.com. You can open your browser, type it in there, or just click on the link to the website, intentional edit.com in the podcast description. And a little button will pop up. It says record. Now it will pop up on the bottom or the side of your screen, click that button and leave me a message telling me what you were doing or what was causing you to overwhelm. What is causing you to be stressed out at home? I don’t care if it is an interaction with a person, if it is frustration because of clutter or because of your surroundings or your environment, if it’s because you have too much to do something isn’t working out for you, whatever it is.

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I want you to click on that record now button on the intentional edit website and leave me a message with what is causing you stress and overwhelm. And you can ask a question in there, or you can just tell me about the scenario of what is happening in those minutes of your day. And I will help you come up with a solution on a future podcast episode, where we will come up with answers that will help you and really simplify your life and come up with ways to make those frustrations go away by making life easier. So head over there now, intentional edit.com. Click on that record. Now button, leave me your frustration. Ask me a question, whatever it is I want to know, but please do that because I would love to answer your questions that way it’s so much easier for me to answer your questions and really hear what you are going through and identify the solutions that you need that way, rather than when an email comes in or a direct message.

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I’m finding that a lot of times through these social media apps and through emails, you’re sending me questions. And if they’re going to my junk, or they’re going to general folder where I am not seeing them. So I know I’m missing out on a lot of the questions that are coming in and I will get them all. If you use that record now button on intentional edit.com. Now that I have asked you to do that, let’s get on with the question for the day, the question that I’m answering today, hoping you can help with ideas to stay focused. I start and stop home jobs every day and start something, but have a hard time with distraction and finishing. It seems like I’m always doing a lot, but nothing is really getting done and it’s making me crazy. Thank you so much for submitting that question.

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I definitely have a couple ideas that will help peel day focused and on task and check these things off of your to-do list instead of peeling like you’re running around frazzled because nothing is really ever getting done. One big contributor to staying focused or not staying focused is when we have an over-stimulating environment. And one thing that causes our environment to be overstimulating is clutter. Clutter causes distraction, and it makes it more difficult to focus. It makes it more difficult to stay on task. So I encourage everyone that is having trouble checking things off the to-do list and getting the regular day to day stuff finished to do a thorough purge, a ruthless declutter of all, all of the spaces in your home, but you wanna know how to get focused. Now, what can you do this week to stay focused? Obviously you can’t purge and declutter your home in a week.

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That is something that should be a priority for you, but let’s focus on some things that you can do right now that you can change today or tomorrow, and we’ll help you with getting things done. First thing I want you to think about is implementing an evening routine. That includes a step to clear the clutter and pick up things that are used throughout the day, but that need to be put away, do this before going to bed just a few minutes, an evening routine should not take up a huge chunk of your time. You want everyone in the family to be contributing to this and picking up things around the house, putting things away, getting things ready to leave and go out the door. The next morning is all part of an evening routine. I have a couple episodes specifically on creating an evening routine or creating routines in general.

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Listen to those. If you haven’t listened to them already, those will give you the details on how to create those routines. Uh, evening routine is huge for picking things up, putting things away and resetting so that you can wake up the next morning and start the day fresh. It will help you stay on task better. If you are not at the point where you can implement an evening routine, the very least you should be doing is having a family pickup time. A family cleanup time for 10 minutes, even five minutes is helpful. You can set a timer. Everyone can pick up for 10 minutes. You walk around the house and anything you see that is out of place that is not put away, can be picked up by the family members put away. It’s a team effort. Everyone helps. It makes it so that you end of the night with everyone working together on something, you’re collaborate to get the house looking good.

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It really is minimal effort. It’s just a few minutes out of your day. And then it sets you up for success. It makes it so that you wake up the next day and your house. Isn’t a mess your house. Isn’t a burden to you because all of a sudden you see this mess. It’s distracting, but it also is a stressor because you’re thinking of all these other things. Now you have to do, and then it’s pulling you away from the focus where you need to be. The second thing that would be beneficial. If you’re having trouble, staying focused is identify where you spend most of your time and start decluttering and there so that you can have less clutter in that space where you spend your time. Because I already told you this, but clutter makes, uh, for an overstimulating environment that makes it more difficult to stay focused on one thing.

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So give everything that you own, all of your physical belongings, a home within your home. That means everything has storage location so that this area and that it might be the kitchen. It might be the family room. Maybe you work from home and it’s the office. Everything should be put away and picked up in these places so that it becomes a distraction free zone. And you can zone in on what you need to do. And the tasks you’re trying to complete. Once this is cleaned and clutter free, it will be easy for you to pick up and put away whatever it is during your new evening routine, your nightly routine, or that 10 minute pickup that we just talked about. A third idea I have for you. And this helps with focus throughout any time of the day, implement the five minute rule I’ve talked about, about this on other podcast episodes.

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But think about it like this, anything that takes five minutes or less, please do it right. Then don’t put it off. Don’t procrastinate. It tasks that take five minutes can be, can be finished. You start and you finished within five minutes. Then they are removed from your list. You get to take these things off of your to-do list. Move them to the done list. Once they’re on that done list, you don’t have to think about them anymore. They’re not taking up space in your brain. They’re not making it more difficult for you to concentrate and stay focused and zoned in on what you need to do five minutes or less than you tackle it right then. And you don’t put it off. One more thing that comes to mind to help you stay focused is use a timer. We all have timers on our smartphones.

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Use a timer for tasks that need to be done, and don’t allow yourself to do anything else during that time. It’s, it’s amazing how a text message comes in when you started to do something and you pick it up and then all of a sudden you’re scrolling social media, or you’re playing a game on your phone, or you’re watching something now. And 20 minutes have gone by and it’s, that’s all wasted time. If you set a timer for 10 minutes or 15 minutes to get something done, then you don’t do anything else. During that 15 minutes, you don’t pick up the phone. You don’t walk away to another room. You don’t start anything else. The timer is there to keep you focused. This works with kids. It works with adults. Whatever the task at hand is, come up with a realistic time for that. If you are meal prepping lunches for the next day, maybe 20 minutes is realistic.

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Set your timer. 20 minutes, focus on the meals, stay in the kitchen, stay present in what you’re doing. You will finish it so much faster than you would’ve with all the other distract. Those are four things that you can do. Of course, there are other good ideas too. We can talk about those in a future episode, but those four things will keep you focused. Keep you on task, checking things off your to-do list. If you implement those strategies in your life, you will get more done in less time and be able to stay focused to finish these drawers and tasks that you have, that you’re currently struggling with. Thank you so much for listening and submitting your questions. Please go questions on intentional, edit.com. Click on that little record now button that will pop up. Leave me your questions. Concerns. What’s overwhelming. You what’s stressing you out. I wanna help you find solutions to make life easier and simplify things in your life and home. Make sure you go and leave your questions there. Thanks again for listening. I will you back here later in the week for the next episode where I have an amazing guest joining us, and she has a fabulous habit hack that you are going to love. I’ll meet you here on Friday for the next episode.

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That wraps up another quick episode of a tip Tuesday. If you want to be featured on intentional at its tip Tuesday, go to intentional edit.com, click on the podcast page in the menu bar, and then scroll all the way down to the bottom. You’ll find a button that says record, tap on that and record your question or share what is currently overwhelming to you. What is going on that you need help with? I want to know, I need to know your struggle so I can share actionable solutions to help you create simplicity in your home. If you are having this issue. I know other people are having it too, and we wanna help as many people as possible. Head over to the podcast page of intentional, edit dot, and record your question for me there.

 

 

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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces.  Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life.  Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority.  While trends come and go organization is always in style!

 

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