My favorite tip from the book: Writing Your Authentic Self by Lois Guarino is to have two places to write in simultaneously. This tip also works when it is time to create your artwork.
When it is time to make an entry in your journal (or create art) also have a plain pad of paper next to you.
As you are making your journal entry you may get sidetracked and start thinking of something else that you need to do, such as pick up some ice cream, get to the post office, make a phone call or what ever it is that pops up for you. These are the little things that take us (me) away from the writing or other artistic work that we intend to do.
When the urge comes up, write it all down on your plain pad to get that idea out of the way and then you can go back to writing in your journal or creating your art. It will help eliminate the temptation to get up to do that one little thing that may turn into a series of doing just one more other thing before settling down.
Eventually, your mind will give in so you can settle down and move forward.
Best thing: You will have two things done, your journal entry (or art work) and a list of to-do’s to show for your time.
I recently started doing this and it has helped me more be productive even though it still feeds into my mult-tasking habit.
Please comment below and let me know if this works for you or if you have any other tips you would like to share.