Resources to Help You Focus in the MotherHustle - BY EMILY CRETELLA
Some of the tools, tips and resources we use every day to find more focus in the #motherhustle.

All month long, we’ve been talking about focus: what it means, and how to get it, in motherhood and in business.

We’ve had conversations about doing deep work, about messy moments, about working from home and more. And now it’s time to get super tactical.

We know that you want more focus in your life … but sometimes, it’s hard to figure out HOW to get it. And that’s because we often have to look outside of ourselves for a little motivation boost.

Well, consider yourself boosted, mama. Here are some of the tools, tips and resources we use every day to find more focus in the #motherhustle: 

Online Tools

It’s hard to find focus when you’re an unorganized mess. Some of our favorite tools for staying organized — in life and in business — include:

Asana 

We use Asana (a work tracking and project management app) to plan projects, keep track of editorial calendars, develop workflows and more. I even have a personal section where I store creative writing ideas, books to read, and passion projects I want to explore.

Asana helps me focus on the tasks I need to tackle next, across all of my varied clients, projects and services.

Dubsado*

I recently converted all of my client workflows and contracts to this CRM and accounting system, and I am hugely, nerdily excited about it.

By focusing on the touchpoints I have with my clients and my team, and getting more streamlined and strategic with them, I’m strengthening my business systems and freeing up time to focus on bigger-picture tasks.

SmarterQueue*

Oh man, have I sung the SmarterQueue praises here yet? Because it. is. awesome. SmarterQueue allows you to easily organize your social posts and repurpose, repurpose, repurpose.

For my copywriting business, I have such a huge queue of evergreen posts that I rarely have to think about it. And because SmarterQueue recycles your posts easily for you, it keeps all of your content categorized and organized. Right now I’m allllll about stepping back from social media a bit, so this helps me out a ton.

Slack

I HATE when my email is cluttered. When I have a huge inbox filled with to-do’s, I find it impossible to focus. That’s why I’m loving moving conversations out of the inbox and into Slack. It allows you to organize and tag conversations, and keep topics rolling without the constant back-and-forth overwhelm.

Music

The right music can really help you focus on the task at hand (while blocking out the cries or fighting coming from the children in the next room 😉 ).

MotherHustle panelist Illiah Manger recommended this playlist on Spotify — and she said it made an immediate impact on her focus. I also love listening to Classical for Studying radio on Pandora — it puts me right into focused work mode.

Distraction Blockers

I’ve noticed a big surge in people who have had enough of the constant social media reminders and are taking a stand. (Ahem, 🙋🏽, ahem.) If you find yourself totally distracted either when you’re with your kids or working in your business, here are some ideas:

Remove social apps from your phone.

This is extreme, people. But I’ve seen it done. (Not by me … yet.).

By removing things like Facebook and Instagram, you’re forced to ignore them until you’re at home on a computer — which will mean less mindless scrolling throughout the day.

Install a social filter.

I know people who swear by extensions like Kill News Feed or News Feed Eradicator, which replace your Facebook news feed with an inspiring quote. The FB News Feed is a HUGE brainless energy suck, but if you still want to use Facebook for messaging and groups while you work, this will help you stay focused.

Turn off notifications.

I did it! I really did it! After reading an article that likened the little circle notification bubble that appears on your apps to Pavlovian Conditioning, I finally turned off ALL social media notices on my phone. And honestly? I love it.

Yes, I do miss things. I don’t respond to all social messages or comments right away — and sometimes, I miss them altogether. But … it’s worth it. It’s freeing. (And I know all you MotherHustlers understand anyway — we’re all in the same boat!)

Time yourself.

If you must give yourself some browsing time, set some limits. X.Minutes.At let you choose the number of minutes you can spend on a website or search. And Focus Keeper is a work and study app that also helps you avoid burnout.

Don’t let yourself cheat!

If you simply cannot control yourself, Chrome Extension Go Fucking Work redirects you from unproductive sites to “motivational” messages, like “Get Back to Fucking Work Now” and “Go Fucking Work. Nothing to See Here.”

Those are just a few of the things that help us maintain focus in the MotherHustle. We hope the tips and resources help you pinpoint your productivity — and if you have any favorites to share, add them to the comments below, or over on Facebook and Instagram.

*Affiliate links to products we use and luv 


Emily Cretella is the founder of MotherHustle.com, as well as the copywriting and content marketing firm CursiveContent.com, where she helps clients create + share stories their audiences love.

She adores being mom to her two little ladies and drinking obscene amounts of coffee from mugs with pithy sayings. Find her on Instagram, and learn more about ways you can collaborate with MotherHustle.

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