PROBLEM: When I put away my groceries I notice that the cloth bag is dirty so I start a laundry load of grocery bags which takes me to the basement where I remember that I need to change the bulb and as I get the bulb I walk by a picture of my niece whom I call because today is her birthday. A few hours later I see that I still haven’t put away my groceries but more importantly I realize that this way of working at things just isn’t effective.
SOLUTION: Decide on the the task that you want to be working on – your goal. As other tasks pop into your head, write them on a piece of paper. Establish a time when you can look through these tasks to evaluate their importance and if and when they are going to get done.
HINT: Write out your goal as a reminder of what you are working on. Put or post it where you can see it.