Stay Focused The What Are You Working On Right Now?" Trick

Tell me if this sounds familiar. You start working on a new task, which requires you to do some research or look something up. You have to search Google, or maybe you have to look up an email, or (god forbid) you have to jump into Facebook.

This train starts with the best intentions, but quickly derails. One click leads to another, and another, and 20 minutes later, you’ve forgotten completely what you were working on in the first place.

Here’s a quick little trick to help you stay focused.

On the Mac, there’s a built-in app called “stickies.” You may not be aware of it. I wasn’t until just recently.

Stickies does what it sounds like. It lets you create sticky notes on your screen. You can create as many stickies as you want, and you can customize the font, colors, etc.

You can also make a sticky note float on top of all of your other windows, no matter which app (or tab) you switch to.

Here’s how I’m using Stickies to stay focused. I created a single sticky note that asks a simple question: “What are you working on right now?” Then, below that I type my current task’s name.

Here’s what it looks like:

What are you working on right now?

That’s a screenshot I just took. You can see I’m working on sending my lifestyle business weekly newsletter right now.

The window is right there, floating on top of the things I’m working on. Yes, the window gets in the way once in a while, but that’s a good thing. By having to move it, I’m constantly aware of my current task, sitting there staring me in the face.

If you use the Mac, give this a try. Just find the “stickies” app and customize your “what are you working on right now?” sticky to your liking.

Stay focused my friends. It’s a distracting world out there.


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