How to Fight Against Distractions

Distractions are like parasites eating up your time and energy. They may appear inoffensive, but if they persist long enough, they’ll cost you a whole lot. They eat a few minutes here and a few minutes there, but without you realizing it, the minutes add up and become hours.

Distractions are like cheese for mice; they have a strong appeal. Their “smell” is calling you. “Come to me,” they say. And when they’ve sucked you in, they strive to keep you locked in.

In addition to their strong appeal, one of the challenges with distractions is that they can be very subtle. You take your phone to see if you have any urgent messages, and 30 minutes later you realize that you’ve been mindlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed. How did that happen? You’re not sure.

Furthermore, distractions seem omnipresent. That is, there are many sources of distractions, and because of such variety, you’re sure to find distractions that fit your personality. Perhaps social media isn’t a distraction for you, but you can’t stop yourself from reading the news online or from holding lengthy conversations with a professional “time waster.”

If you want to produce your great work, you must protect yourself from the assaults of distractions. And to do that, you must become intentional; if you go about it casually, distractions will chew you up.

There are two main things you must do to fight against distractions.

The first thing you must do is remove as many distractions as you can from your work environment. In particular, when you’re about to work, make sure there are no distractions in sight. For example, this may mean that you keep your mobile device away from you or that you block your access to the Internet for a little bit. Do whatever you can to avoid getting distracted.

The second thing you must do is recognize when you’re falling for a distraction. That is, you must catch yourself in the act. In fact, despite your best efforts to remove all the distractions from your environment, you may still get distracted. When that happens, you must catch yourself as soon as possible and get back to work. The goal here is to minimize the time and energy lost in entertaining distractions.

Distractions are deadly to your productivity. Your work deserves your complete attention. Don’t allow distractions to take you away from your great work.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.