Kick Distractions or ElseSep 27, 2022
If you enjoy personal and professional growth and genuinely want to live the life you imagine for yourself, then you must take responsibility and kick those distractions keeping you down. Distractions come in many different forms and come with their own set of consequences too.
Sensory or External Distractions
These include environmental and digital distractions such as your cell phone, browsing the web or social media websites, and your workspace, including those around you. While you may enjoy working at the coffee shop, constant interactions and noises are likely hurting your quality and time management.
Emotional or Internal Distractions
These are the distractions that your brain is telling you as you are working. These thoughts are self-sabotaging and can easily guide you in the wrong direction if you listen to them. Controlling your emotions is possible and will help you in life in many ways. Try studying stoicism to help you if you need extra assistance with this.
This is the category that you need to be the most mindful and honest about. No one but you truly knows what is keeping you away from working at your best. It would be best to take accountability and ownership of your actions and things around you to be successful. If you wait around for others to solve the problem for you, you might as well throw your goal list in the trash.
The following are six tips designed to kick distractions so you can stay focused and on path:
Set Clear Boundaries and Limitations
Fully understand what you are capable of and your limitations for each work requirement or personal goal.
Be Mindful and Realistic About Your Surroundings
In other words, create a workspace optimal for the tasks you plan to do and be realistic about your personality and what you can handle. For example, if you know, you will get too chatty with your clients, keep your meetings short, follow a list of bullet points to keep you on track, and only do them over Zoom or the internet.
Simplify and Automate Your Processes
Use technology and other resources to automate processes that don’t need your complete focus and attention or ones you know will only distract you in the long run. Utilize tools, cell phone applications, or Google Chrome extensions such as StayFocused that allow you to set time limits or block websites for a certain period of time -- giving you the control and confidence you need to stay focused.
Be Honest and Stop Self-Sabotage
Stop negative thoughts before they control your actions. Most internal distractions are false and a result of low self-confidence, lack of knowledge, and experience. Experiment more, try more things, and gain as much knowledge as possible so you can learn yourself inside and out and gain back control of your life.
In the end, to kick distractions successfully, you must practice self-control and discipline. If you don’t, your business and personal goals will suffer.
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