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What is the first thing you check in the morning and the last things at night?

Chances are it’s either Facebook or your email. Or both.

What about all the times during the day: at work, on the couch, in the bathroom and even in the car (stop that now!).

Social media and email are monstrous “space invaders” that invade our minds. Really! I mean think about it.

In essence, both Facebook and email are simply other people’s agendas.

Did you know that at the basic level of matter, everything is energy? And every time we flick through a Facebook timeline or read an email we’re using our reserves of energy to process what we see and read.

Post after post and email after email; is this important, is this urgent, is this interesting, should I watch this now, should I save it for later? Or now that I’ve read or watched it, should I reply, comment or share?

In order to stay focused on our goals, we must conserve the energy and time we spend in our apps and inboxes.

I’ve found that there are a number of fun ways to do this. It starts with a few simple tips to stop multi-tasking and all those unwanted distractions.

Tip #1: Have only 1 browser window open at any one time

Ask yourself, why do I need 10 open windows and 3 different browsers? It’s crazy right? You can only focus well on one thing at a time. My advice. Clean up your focus area, close all those windows and programs that are running in the background. It saves you and energy and you’ll even find your device and physical batteries lasting longer. YAY!

Tip#2: Read your social media messages and emails twice a day only

This requires discipline. Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself addictively pulled multiple times to check for messages. We’re creatures of habit and you’ve picked up one that we’re all guilty of: information addiction. But there is a way around it. And that is to schedule two moments in the day to check and reply to your messages. This will free up enormous amounts of time and energy to focus on what you want to achieve.

Tip #3: Boost your energy with green smoothies, walking, yoga and meditation

Don’t worry. I’m not getting all woo-woo on you. It’s just common knowledge that attending to your diet with healthy food choices is paramount to sustaining your energy levels throughout the day. Here’s what my morning looks like. I get at 6am and drink a green vegetable smoothie. Then I do 15 minutes of yoga, following by 15 minutes of meditation. If the weather is dry, I’ll also go for a 15-minute walk in the park near my house (I hate rain). Did you notice that checking email and social media isn’t on this list. I schedule that specifically for 11am and 5pm, which frees up my time to work on my goals, like writing this blog from 7am till 8am.

Tip #4: Plan your day the night before

I love this one because it is the single most important part of Carl’s big efficiency plan. If you plan your day the night before then your mind will actually start working and preparing for it AS YOU SLEEP so that the next day you bring all this subconscious creativity to the table! I find that my writing simply flows better the next day as a result. What I also love about this method is that when I wake up I know exactly what to do and when to do it. This frees my mind to focus on all the creative stuff. And that sounds like fun to me!

Add your 3 tips below for staying focus and out of information overload. I’d love to hear from you.


Carl Brooks
Business Growth Coach