There are times when I reach for my phone and my thumb automatically opens up Instagram. I scroll through a few photos before thinking, "Wait. What did I get on my phone for again?"
We are so easily distracted... and so connected. Do you also feel pressure to give an immediate response to emails, calls and text messages? Add these two together and if you are trying to get any real work done, say goodbye to your productivity.
You have to find a time of day when no one will interrupt you. For me, that's been waking up at midnight (aka: a couple hours before work). For my mom, her uninterrupted time was after she put us girls to bed. For my colleagues, it's after the 11 pm newscast when the demands for the show are finished.
I find working intensely without interruptions for a couple hours a day creates great results. It takes discipline, but it's worth it.
Carve out time to work without interruption.