Recognize when certain distractions try to take the place of family, friends, and even your career. All busy work is not “good” busy work. Distractions are everywhere. Whether it is our phones, the television, or people, we all have them. The question is, what do you do when they arise?
I will be the first to admit that my phone can be a distraction at times. I keep everything on that small device, from a full calendar to 4 different email accounts, to messages and business apps. It is a one-stop-shop for my personal and business life. To some (my husband), it may look like I am just browsing on social media when I’m replying, responding, saving, requesting, sending invoices, etc.
So how can we get a hold of both internal and external distractions? Stay focused, realize what takes priority in your daily life, take it one day at a time, and enjoy the journey.
External Distractions: social media, people, television, sounds, etc.
- turn off the television
- go to a quiet space and do not take your phone
- tell someone the importance of your time and designate time for your priorities
- if working in a public place, try noise cancellation headphones or put-on brainwave music with no words to help you focus
Internal Distractions: hunger, fatigue, illness, worry, daydreaming, etc.
- get at least 8 hours of rest a night
- take care of yourself (maybe incorporate a daily vitamin to boost your immune system)
- focus on the positive in every situation
- combat daydreaming by reeling yourself in when you find yourself drifting (like a snap out of it moment)
Once you identify the distractions in your life, you must be honest with yourself and identify if they are helping or harming you. Some distractions may be priorities that fell upon you early or without notice. Once you master some of these steps, you will notice more efficiency in your day and less energy exhausted.