Life is such that we strive from our early days to become successful and many of us have invested thousands of hours in to various work and talents to improve our lives and financial conditions. But the Newtons third law of motion which states that “actions and reaction are equal and opposite” does not automatically apply to success as in physics. As we travel along our life-cycle, it becomes clear that it is not all the quantity of energy we invested actually resulted in increased profitability or productivity as some percentage of them were invested in things we did not plan or things that interrupted what we planned.
Definition of Distraction
The Oxford dictionary defined distraction as a thing that prevents someone from concentrating on something else.
Causes of distractions
Lack of discipline
Disciplined culture is great tool to fight distraction. Ensuring that we are disciplined to start and finish our work go a long way to reduce distractions and enables us to follow through on rules we set to achieve our desired goals . Lack of discipline on the other hand makes us veer off the tangent and leads to incomplete or poorly finished works that will ultimately reduce our productivity.
Lack of Planning and prioritization
An African proverb states that , “ you should look for your missing black goat in the daylight or it will be too late in the night when the color of the goat will blend with the color of the night “
Lack of planning and prioritization makes us to start working on our low valued goals first instead of concentrating on our most valuable goals that will make most impact on our bottom lines .
Learning to perform the more arduous tasks first, ensures that we have maximum return on our energy and frees up time for less important tasks later, therefore ,minimizing the distraction that would have stoppedthe important tasks in the first place.
The surroundings or conditions in which a person, lives or operates can be a source of distraction.
Those that work in crowded areas need to increase their concentration and focus to avoid distractions more than those that work in closed offices. It is therefore, very important to work in environment that will enhance our productivity or develop ourselves to be able to tune out the distractions where we have little or no choice in order to maintain our level of productivity
When we have exhausted our energy but could not have proper rest and sleep before engaging on new projects, we are bound to be distracted as we will be weary and wishing for sleep or rest.
Consequently, for us to perform well, we have to observe proper rest and sleep to be alert and maintain focus and so overcome distractions.
Those who are extroverted are more prone to be distracted that introverts. The extrovert finds it difficult to maintain focus for longer period of time than introverts who loves routine work and can enjoy working on a project for longer period of time
Mobile phone makes it easy to reach out to people and people to reach us anywhere and anytime. This property makes it a tool for distraction as we keep getting e- mails, text messages calls at time we scheduled for other busy tasks. To minimize the distraction, it is advised to switch off the mobile device or put them in silence when doing busy work.
The total amount of time we spend on social media is on increase and could serve as distractions.
To avoid such distraction, one should set time probably at the end of the day to check on friends and chat with them