Here’s What Industry Insiders Say About How To Overcome Distractions
Why do I get so distracted? I am talking about all the time! One simple blog post can take me hours or sometimes even days, because of how distracted I get. I have two little boys and theyre not even the ones to blame. Shame on me. I must say, I daydream a lot. I can be writing something and if I so happen to mention a car, the back of my mind starts thinking about the oil change that needs to get scheduled.
Then I remembered my sons dentist appointment that I never scheduled. I somehow, went from typing the word car to wasting 2-3 hours on making appointments, then getting side tracked doing other things, that can wait!
At the end of it all, I didnt accomplish anything. Even though I have been doing something for hours, I feel unaccomplished because I was working on things that werent priority. So here I am, feeling like I just did everything, but nothing at the same time. Then when you realize how many hours you have waisted, how many blog post you couldve wrote in this waisted time. Distraction is a pain in the butt, huh?
The main thing about being distracted, is that you dont know what you want. You are not clear on your goals or vision, so you allow anything to step in the way.
Have you ever got in the cleaning mood? I mean, you wake up and tell yourself, I am cleaning this whole entire house today! You even plan out how and what youre cleaning first and next. You get to cleaning and not even your children stop you from doing so.
However, you get the job done! Sure, you feel tired but the rewarding feeling of a nice, clean house is probably one of the best feelings for a woman. It definitely beats being tired and totally worth it!
Whats helped me along my journey were two specific things.
- Get clear on my goals! Because without this, there is no #2.
- Be aware when you get side tracked! & try one of these methods out below.
Methods to ELIMINATE distractions
I talk about this a bit more here. I dont know if youre the same like me, but I have a million and one thoughts running through my head, daily! Sometimes I can take forever to go to sleep because Im replaying the day and thinking about the to-do list for tomorrow, and/or week!
If youre anything like me, please pay attention because it has changed my life and given me back my sanity! Write it down!!! When Im on my computer working on my blog or even school, I have a notepad right next to me. When I catch myself daydreaming, trying to drift off or thinking about other things that need to get done. I simply write it down on my life. That way its off my mind and on paper to remind me about it at a later time.
When youre done with your priorities, you can check out your list and take care of it then. This method gives me peace of mind as well as keeping me on track.
I have another great solution for those who dont like pen and paper or possibly who dont carry around a notebook every second of the day. Use your phone that you carry around you 24/7! On all phones, iPhones or Androids, there is a note section. USE IT!
Like I explained earlier, the best way to eliminate distractions is to become aware when youre getting pulled a different direction. If you cant recognize it then its going to be extremely hard staying focused! Having to ask yourself what am I suppose to be doing right now when you know youre out of place is a great start.
The fastest way I got it down was to be very determined on finishing a task. I have to tell myself how important and beneficial finishing this task is going to be. Once I start, I find myself daydreaming and drifting off. Once I do, I write it down (number 1!) to come back to that thought or task later.
This is probably the first step to take when wanting to eliminate distractions. Awareness.
Recap on what’s important to you
I said this from the very beginning, if you dont know what you want, then its going to be very difficult to prioritize your time. Make sure you are clear on your goals. You have to ask yourself, what are you doing this for? What is its grand purpose?
I said earlier that I can take up to days to finish a blog post! Do you want to know why? Because I am not 100% clear on where I want to go with my blog! Heres the crazy part. I do have a grand plan, Im just afraid to start it but thats a different story. Anyways, because Im not clear on what I want exactly, its easy for me to get side tracked.
Have a one on one serious conversation with yourself!! Figure things out. What to do you need to start? Or what do you need to cut out. You can read more about HERE.
Best thing after my notepad method is alarms! Some people like to call them time blocks. So let me tell you what I do and how it has helped me stay on track and eliminate distractions.
When its time for me to study for my test, I usually set an alarm for one hour. Its as easy as dialing a number on my phone. Once I do that, I promise myself there will be no other distractions. Dont get me wrong, I still have my notebook next to my computer, just in case. But the point is, I only have so much time to get my task completed.
The ticking time has such a weird effect on my focus. Instead of telling myself, I need to study for my test. A better way I found was telling myself, I have one hour to study to pass this test. This gives me such pressure, in a good way, to use my time wisely.
These methods work amazing for me! But I would love to hear if you use a different technique?