“Just five more minutes…” I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve sleepily grumbled that to my alarm when I was younger, and even now when my phone chimes to life at 5:25am every weekday morning.
I fall into the pit of waking up later than 5:25am all too often, that’s something I am working on getting better at, but that’s not the five minutes I’m talking about in this post.
I work at a desk with access to the oh so wonderful internet. It is almost too easy to open up a new tab in Firefox and browse the news, find new Youtube videos, or fall into the clutches of Reddit. So how do I combat the internet on my most scatterbrained of days?
I bargain with myself.
When you want to jump ship from the contract your writing up, or the excel spreadsheet your crafting, develop the discipline to stop yourself and say:
“Just five more minutes of focus”
Take a deep breath and then get back into it for “five minutes”. For me, acknowledging that I am loosing my attention span, taking a deep breath, a stretch and hitting the keys for just another five minutes I find I get lost in working and 40 minutes goes by.
Does the five minute of focus work? Majority of the time, yes!
Give it a shot and let me know what you think! What tips do you have for focusing up when the internet is calling?
In the meantime I am going to work on waking up with my alarm on the first chime. Wish me luck!
Remember, You’ve Got This!
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