It can be difficult to effectively manage everything on your to-do list.

Add in the massive amount of distraction both around you physically and virtually, and it’s no surprise that it’s often hard to get anything done.

Seeing a project through from start to finish takes a lot of dedication and there are definitely many roadblocks that you will encounter.

The key is not necessarily to find another path, but to learn how to push through those roadblocks and move forward with the creative process.

Creative Live has a fantastic post that can help you do just that. One of the easiest ways that you can effectively manage all you have to do is by simply not multitasking.

Don’t Multitask.

Even when you spend each hour dedicated to a separate task, you might get distracted and find yourself checking out that picture of a dog on Facebook, then slowly move back to the project that was so important to you.

Research by Terry Jud (University of Melbourne) has proven that students can only concentrate on the same task for 31 seconds at a time. Yes, you read that correctly. They are willing to work and spend a lot of time on their project, but while they work long hours, they are actually not getting entirely too much done.

This is mostly due to task-switching. They start a second task before finishing the first, or go back and forth between their work and social media.

The best way to overcome the temptation to interrupt your current work, is to commit to staying off of social media platforms while you’re focused on a specific task. Logging out of your accounts and closing your email for the duration of your task is a very simple way of breaking your own task-switching habits.

If your projects are correctly divided into units of no more than 60 to 90 minutes, this will also help you keep your work from suffering by ill-timed breaks. For instance, I’ve written this blog post paragraph-by-paragraph, not pausing until each separate thought was finished. I took the time to relax between the paragraphs, as I believe rest helps to concentrate better on your tasks, and therefore finishing your work faster.”

Read the full article at Creative Live.