How Do You Minimize Distractions to Stay on Track with Your Daily Tasks and Finish What You Planned?

Darren Stehle
2 min readJun 10, 2022
Photo by Eden Constantino on Unsplash

One of the core things I do to minimize distractions is to plan my workday, first on the weekend, and then again the night before.

This process allows me to focus clearly on what I want to accomplish in the week.

I usually review my past week and plan the following on Saturday mornings. At the end of each working day, I review what I’ve accomplished and what I chose to avoid or didn’t have time to complete. Then I’ll review my agenda for tomorrow to refine my plan and priorities, if necessary.

Currently, I have a focusing function at the top of my planning page that guides me on what’s most important.

For example, increasing income is significant in my business right now, but that’s not the actual focusing function.

Instead, I focus on helping others and having conversations to increase my network and impact. That’s in alignment with my values and how I want to lead with integrity.

As you can see, it’s not a tool or a restriction that keeps me from getting distracted, it’s a way of thinking and knowing what’s essential to me.

And don’t get me wrong, I still get distracted. But more often than not, I end up doing something that serves what I need to do — it just wasn’t on my calendar or agenda!

As a solopreneur, there’s always something more to be done.

What’s important for your productivity, is knowing if what you’re doing is actively leading towards completing your most relevant and current goals.

How do you minimize distractions that keep you from completing your daily tasks and bigger goals? Let me know in the comments.

Darren Stehle

Thinking Partnership Coach for Queer Change-Makers. I write about: actionable self-mastery; morals & ethics; LGBTQ+ rights & advocacy.