Okay, we say to ourselves, it's a busy day. Lets do this.
Then we get a beep, a notification, a text, a random thought about how we've been meaning to check out the prices at the new gym or see who our team is playing this weekend, or book our child into the dentist .... and so starts the web wander. We stumble from page to page lurching at the next shiny thing, only to emerge drenched by the unproductive weight of a long surf on the web. We glance at the time and declare 'I am sooo busy! Where has the morning gone? '
Dealing with distraction attraction, procrastination, determining priorities and maintaining motivation are crucial skills to cultivate in our connected times if you want to stay focused and have productive outputs.
Apparently we can partly blame our mammalian ways for the innate desire to be connected to others. And those pings that come with notifications? Well they release dopamine and keep us coming back for more, like an addicted gambler waiting for their pay out song. Dealing with distraction is a skill that is fundamentally essential to modern life.
Here's some tips for dulling distraction.
Brendon Burchard says that procrastination is really just a lack of motivation. You put that task off because there is nothing inherently rewarding or satisfying waiting at the end when you finish it. But the problem with procrastinating on something is that it begins to take on a life of its own where you think about doing it, or worry about not doing it, or start berating yourself for way longer than it might actually have taken you to get the dang thing done.
What do you need to do, to help yourself stay focused and disciplined with the work that needs to happen? Often times our distraction and procrastination are the result of a lack of clarity. We just bumble along from task to task, email to email and phone call to phone call without any clear direction in terms of what is important and what we need to prioritise. Emails are the worst for this, to quote my man BB again - your inbox is just a convenient filing system for other people's priorities.
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Gabrielle Osborne (BAcc) is a small business specialist who loves empowering creative minds by helping them make sense of their business numbers.