You’re reading messages and emails while you’re having other conversations,
You’re trying so hard to get things done and then…
The phone rings.
Your kids cry out to you.
A colleague asks for your help.
You’re pulled in all different directions. And just like that, the focus you had is diminished and you allow distraction because people NEED you. They need your help, attention, expertise, love.At the end of a day you feel pretty exhausted. You’ve been busier than a one-legged River Dancer and have barely anything to show for all your hard work. It’s like you were robbed of your time somehow.
I know how it feels. Sometimes I believe I am a master of walking a windy, distracted path rather than a laser focused one, and I see clients having the same issues with juggling everything in their busy lives.
Here are three big tips for minimizing distraction and maximizing focused action.
1. Allocate times to do things (and stick to them)
Having an accountability buddy (someone to share your schedule and goals with who will ask you whether you have done what you planned and also ask why you haven’t and when you WILL do them) or a Life Coach (who will do the same plus equip you with techniques to use to improve your mindset, focus and awareness – so you can catch yourself when you’re not doing things and understand the reason your mind or wmotions has led you that way) can be super helpful with all of this
2. Remove yourself from your typical distractions.
You know what distracts you better than anyone else does, so when you set the time aside, consider the place and environment too.
Take yourself away from what normally distracts you.
If it’s Facebook or emails, shut the tabs,
If it’s your kids find a way to focus without them around – leave the house, work while they’re sleeping, get a friend to babysit.
If you’re a daydreamer and will be distracted by people moving around in a café, go to a library or park your car in a car park facing a wall and work there.
You know you and you already know what will work best for you
3. Jet On and Jet Off
This is a term I learned a while ago from an incredible coach and entrepreneur in Melbourne and I love it. It’s about concreting your boundaries with time on certain activities and having full focus and intention behind anything that you’re doing.