A Digital Minimalism Series

One of the most frequent complaints I hear from my clients is that they “get distracted.”

The first thing I work with them on is having them take ownership when they complain. Instead of saying you “got distracted,” say what you chose to divert your attention to, rather than what you were planning to do.

It will sound more like this:

“I chose to look at my screen lighting up and to text my friend back when I had told myself I’d be writing my book.”

“I decided to scroll through Instagram for 10 minutes instead of categorizing my expenses in preparation for taxes.”

“I chose to leave Slack open with all sound and visual notifications on so that when I was working on my webinar slides, I decided to reply to my team instead.”

We live in an interesting time where focus is something we have to intentionally create for ourselves. The tech industry makes money off of us by harnessing this attention. We do not have to be at the mercy of all of these pings and flashes.

We must get ourselves out of being reactionary.

It is inevitable that we will procrastinate when we haven’t deliberately cultivated a space that allows our minds to focus. You’re asking for trouble if you haven’t set yourself up in a way that allows you to have focused work.

The work that is done to no longer identify as a procrastinator is two-fold:

1. Tactics
2. Mindset
I could give you all the tactics in the world, but without a complete mindset shift, you’d be unable to make these tactics stick as a habit. More than that, it’s about who you are.

For the next four articles, I will cover the main ways you can clear the space for yourself to be able to become someone who does what they say they’re going to do. A person who gets more done. A person who is able to take back control of their workday, and make it work for them, rather than the other way around. You’ll learn how to cultivate a digital space that helps your mind remain calm while being able to focus more deliberately on the work that actually matters.

I used to be someone who would organize and reorganize over and over again. A person who had so many binders with so many subjects labeled and filed in the correct tabs. A person with a box of old journals. Someone with a tagging system for her inbox. Multiple screens were full of little labeled boxes for apps. But what I learned was that I was creating band-aids for broken bones. I was not solving the root issue. While I’m not perfect, I have created much better systems for myself—systems that get much more at the root issue.

I will teach you how to do this for yourself.

What I teach may sound extreme.

Good.

I want to challenge you to think in a new way about how you work, what your digital space is like, and the systems you create to get more done in a shorter amount of time.

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