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Reality Blog: Gaining Traction from Distractions

Reality Blog: Gaining Traction from Distractions

March 3, 2021 | By Curtis Dennis | 4 Comments

With only three active clients (four, if you count all of the writing for my own websites), I shouldn’t be running up against deadlines as regularly as I do.

Realistically, my current workload should take no more than three days to complete each week. I should have plenty of time for some self-marketing and finding a couple more clients, but I don’t.

I have been under the impression that I need to learn how to write faster. I’ve been working to determine if the problem is with my research skills, the actual writing, or maybe I spend too much time editing and proofreading.

It took a while, but I’ve finally traced my productivity issue back to my calendar.

It doesn’t work correctly.

Blocked time for one thing spills over into blocked time for the next thing almost every single day. I have tried all sorts of hacks, tips, and strategies to write faster. Finally, I set up a “distraction calendar” and started gaining traction from distractions for my business, and so can you! Join me inside for the details.

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  • I love trying out productivity strategies. I hadn’t heard of this before. I’m excited to do it for 5 days.

  • I love this concept of the Distraction calendar, Curtis! I’ve been doing essentially that for the past week, not calling it that but with the same intent, and have already found so many areas where I can improve. It’s such a useful tool . Thanks also for the comment that you’ve been doing it for three weeks now and finally starting to get some traction. I’ve only been at mine since March 2 and was feeling a little disheartened by the disparity between the planned calendar and the written Distraction calendar. You give me hope!

    • Thanks, Wendy!

      It’s so easy to get distracted when working online, especially when you’re first starting out. You decide to check out a 5 minute read time article, and end up losing a couple of hours in the process. Been there, done that.

      Keep plugging away, and that schedule disparity will be gone before you know it.

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