Switch It Up! A Simple Way To Get More Done In Less Time :)

Has something like this ever happened to you?

You sit down to work on your business… but then you realize that you forgot to eat lunch.  So you go to the fridge, grab something to eat, and then come back to your computer…

You work for about 20 minutes or so and then the doorbell rings.  You talk to your neighbor for a bit, then sit back down… After a few more minutes, you look over at your bookshelf and see an old book that you read years ago and had totally forgotten about!  You start reading it again out of curiosity… and before you know it, your kids are already home from school… and they need help with their homework!

You look at your to-do list and realize that you hardly got anything done!

How did the time slip away from you like that?

Being a “work from home” entrepreneur can be challenging sometimes because our environments are not always conducive to productivity.  I’ve implemented a simple shift in my schedule that has allowed me to get a whole lot more done… and I’d love to share it with you!  So click play down below to hear a quick tip about how you can also increase your focus and productivity:

I’d love to hear from you…

What simple steps can you take to ensure your working environment is inspiring and supportive to your success? Please leave a comment down below with your thoughts and feedback!

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Giles Wells April 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Hi Katie, thanks for the tip. Sometimes I do lose focus and have to switch where in the house I work, but for me is is more about when I do rather than where.

In the morning I get up and get some breakfast (most important meal:-) Then between 9am-11am I do the most important things on my to do list
Giles Wells´s last blog post ..What You Dont Know Could Hurt You

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Paul Reimers April 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Thanks for the great tip!

Environment is one of those factors that has a huge impact on us, but can easily be overlooked due to how often it isn’t our primary focus.

Finding what works for us, whether it is consistency or variety, it’s important to take note so that we can make that shift.

I have also been shooting recent videos in different locations outside and it’s been a great switch.

Thanks!
Paul Reimers´s last blog post ..Authentic Marketing vs Spam

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Michael Magbanua April 17, 2011 at 3:12 am

Thank you for giving your tips.

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Michael Magbanua April 17, 2011 at 3:13 am

Thanks for giving me a tips.

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Peter Feuersenger April 17, 2011 at 3:49 am

Hi Katie,

Great Video. I have been contemplating a lot on how to become more productive, and you offer sound advice. Great video! :-)
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Eddie Sandoval April 17, 2011 at 6:52 am

This is so true! Just yesterday I went to the hardware store just to get a water hose and I ended up getting sod for some parts of my lawn. I took the entire day and some of the night working on my lawn and I had not schedule it. I got distracted so much and I felt I did not accomplished any business work. I got caught up with the house stuff.

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June Young April 18, 2011 at 7:24 am

For me the best way to keep my energy up is to break my work hours into segments. I cannot work straight hours at home because it will just mess up my body clock. Make sure you still work on normal work hours and get the right amount of sleep. And I really need to de-clutter my work place at home because when it gets too comfy and homey that’s when the energy dips and the unproductive hours start.
June Young´s last blog post ..Why You Should Have a Credit Card with Return Protection

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Joe Young April 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Hi Katie,
You are so right about environment. Even though I do a lot from home, change of scenery is huge. It breaks up the monotony and makes things more interesting. The challenge is to keep the flow of what you are doing moving forward even though you do a change up. Kinda like a ball game. You do not want to change momentum just because you change the pitching strategy.

Performing a different task that may be related to you work is a great way to break things up. Like doing research for a post or ebook. Instead of the internet, go to the book store, get out and mingle. One friend once preached “change the atmosphere” because it can get dampy and mundane doing the same old thing and may take the pzazz out of your desire!

Anyway, great video, thanks for taking time to step into the park and share. You look happy, good to see.

Joe

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Victor April 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

When I’m outside, is just me and my computer, I can focus better, but sometime I have that stupid guilt feeling, is like I’m going out to have fun not to work. Great to hear this from you, tomorrow I’ll search for a nice place to work.
Victor´s last blog post ..Hello World! Hello Lubith!

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Dan April 19, 2011 at 5:18 am

Katie, I couldn’t agree more.

Beside my house there are 400 acres of land which I can roam and take my laptop with me. I have a beautiful spot I call ‘Thinkin’ Rock’ that overlooks a meadow on top of a large outcrop of rock. There are these large boulders where you can sit and just be inspired by nature all around you. It is rejuvenating and gets the clutter out of the brain.

Thanks for the post Katie.
Dan´s last blog post ..While I Was Away- Something Strange Happened!

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Emily April 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

I love breaks! :) I so need an escape place to run to! My house is SOOOO distracting! I loved this video Katie :)
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Kei San Pablo April 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

When I feel like my mind is so cluttered and unfocused I just go grab my bag and head to the nearby cafe. The view of people walking to and from the store plus the smell of coffee relaxes my mind and helps me focus. Thanks for the video Katie, looking great!
Kei San Pablo´s last blog post ..Social Media Manager- Why It Is Important

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Gary The Marketing Mensch April 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

Great tips Katie. I am always battling with distractions! Whether its facebook, the tv, or the nice weather calling me outside! What I like to do is set goals and rewards. For instance if I really want to go take a look at facebook I’ll tell myself that I can’t look till I finish whatever I’m working on and then I can take a small break as a reward. On some days its the only way i get anything done!:)
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susan April 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Hi, katie
nice video and great tips too !

I agree with you that sometimes our home is a distraction.
but I just curious, how did you make that video ?
did you use teleprompter or did you memorize your speech ?

anyway, thanks for the tips.
all the best for you
cheers

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Katie Freiling April 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Hi Susan, I just walked outside of the library with my flip cam to make the video. No teleprompter or script, just sharing :)

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Rob April 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Or sweet kitties. As wonderful as they are, they can be distracting at times. Play play play.. love love love they say. Great video. Is this with the new camera? Looks good.

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Katie Freiling April 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Nope, it’s the flip! And yes, Romeo can be somewhat distracting but its worth it! :)

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Dulcie April 22, 2011 at 12:16 am

Thank you Katie. A very helpful message again.
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Sherry Malcom April 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Awesome tip, totally agree. Changing up your environment helps a lot with breaking the monotony, and opening up portals for new inspiration to flow through!
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Michael April 23, 2011 at 6:59 am

…Yes, somedays seem to be much more productive than others. It is very easy to get distracted from your work so you must get into the habit of making sure that they are kept to a minimum…
I noticed that in one of your latest videos you have a new cat.
This link to a sleepy kitten video on MSN is so cute…I just had to include it:
http://video.uk.msn.com/browse/news/week-in-video?videoId=1j4atfqvk&from=en-gb&src=v5:share:v5:share:permalink

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Alan Cinqmars April 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Hello Katie and once again thanks for your inspiration! I find I can work better in my home when I have no other distractions such as background interuptions and noise.
Alan Cinqmars´s last blog post ..Ultra-Intl- Impress your world

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Steve Toc April 25, 2011 at 10:17 am

Kaite,
You are spot on. Environment and distractions are really an area home-prenerus need to be aware of. It’s one of the areas I know I have to work on. It can really rob you of time and inspiration. The books, phone, lunch, the dog need to go out-dog chases squirl, you chase dog, Umph! The library in San Diego sounds awsome. Thanks for the cold water in the face wake up…lol

Steve Toc
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Aki Wood April 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I couldn’t agree more. A lot of times my kids are all about trying to hang around me(which I love, but not while I’m working), or I have about a million other distractions come my way.

I do the same thing; sometimes you just have to get out of the house. I go to the gym, library, park, etc. Good advice.

-Aki
Aki Wood´s last blog post ..Soul Eating Demon- It’s On The Loose And Coming For Your Children

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Dain April 27, 2011 at 2:41 am

Awesome video Katie thank you. Tips I have for creating more time that work well for me 1. Keeping my work space clean and tidy 2. Keeping my paper work organized 2. Sync’ing my cell phone calendar to Outlook 3. Having a phone that I can send emails on, so if I have a sudden moment of inspiration I can email it to myself 4. Having a ToDo list.

Also I learnt a long time ago that doing a little bit of something everyday adds up – so even on the days where I am not-motivated I do a little bit (which 9 times out of 10 – gets me motivated anyway).

Want no interuptions, put your cell on silent with no vibrate, take your landline out of the socket, don’t answer the knocks at the door and most important tell everyone you know that they are not to contact you during set times each day – give your friends and family your schedule, hopefully they will respect that.

Good luck everyone on your successes and thank you again Katie.

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prem April 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

Hi !
Hope you are well! I thank you so much for your lovely messages. I really feel sorry about myself, to not react upon the need as quick as expected, but I am with you, with all of you!!
God bless you and take good rest & care of yourself.
see you soon

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Dr. Said April 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Amazing tip! Love it
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Butch Weber April 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

Here I thought I was a procrastinator. You just described what my problem is. I lose focus and work something new all the time. They just aren’t productive things. The only thing I’m a procrastinator about is that I can’t seem to keep the focus! I hope I can switch it up! :)
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Brad Harmon @ Big Feet Marketing May 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Great idea, Katie. This past week I had a meeting in College Station, TX – home to my Texas A&M Aggies. I dropped into a Starbucks there, and it was packed with students working on term papers. The atmosphere was electric!

I felt this sense of nostalgia wash over me, and then asked myself why I’m not as focused as I used to be when I was in their shoes. I could easily see myself cranking out posts, comments, and other materials in that environment. I’m going to have to work this into my routine like you have the library.

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Kelvin May 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

very practical katie, enjoyed the post

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Om ALzain May 7, 2011 at 7:08 am

Hi Katie, thanks for the tip.I simply use atimer 4 ever task.

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Kirsty May 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

You are right Kaite. We need to be aware of the possible distraction when working. Really need to find a good place where you can work with focus and determination. Kids are not the only reason for possible distraction but also pets and other things :)

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Robert Seth May 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Hey Katie, love this video! I used to spend lots of time at the library when I was in college and it really was very productive time. Don’t know why I haven’t thought about doing that lately but it’s a great idea. It’s so true that there are certain places that are very inspiring…I just never thought of going to them and working. So thanks for the idea!

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Primal Toad May 28, 2011 at 6:34 am

Uh, wow… Light bulb moment! I work in my bedroom and my environment kind of sucks.

I live by this small, but beautiful lake that is within walking distance. Its about a 6 mile hike around the lake if I walk the entire way from where I live. About half way they have a library! They also have plenty of areas to work while looking out at the lake. Its a pretty peaceful area too.

One thing that I have not been that great at is focusing. I am getting better but I think changing my environment is going to make a huge difference.

Thanks for being such an inspiration Katie!

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Grahame Brown July 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

Great tip Katie, this is something I have been struggling with for a while, thanks for sharing. Love the new look site btw x
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Cansu August 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Helllo:)
Me as a student ı love to go to the lıbrary.love the sılence that ıs ın there and of course the books and magazınes out there..Always somethıng ınspiring to find..But it would also be cool to work at a not crowded beach;)

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Zsa Zsa September 11, 2011 at 11:16 pm

A change of scenery always works well for me, Katie. It’s a great way to refresh and re-energize. When I go back o work after a walk for example, I feel much calmer and more focused. :)

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Etieno Etuk September 16, 2011 at 4:58 am

Awesome post with practical tips. Love it, Katie. Focus is very vital if one is to be successful in business. Remember that a focused ray of light can burn up a piece of paper. If it is focused even more, it could cut through steel or burn cancer to its roots. I hope this helps someone out there. Thanks for sharing.

-Etieno

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