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How to deal with with distractions

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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.planning

 

Environment

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

Tiredness

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.

Life style

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

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.

Social media

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

 

Reference

 

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/distraction

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2 thoughts on “How to deal with with distractions”

  1. It’s interesting, in many ways I find I work very differently. I often start my day working on a handful of smaller, less challenging tasks, both as a warm up, and to reassure myself that I will get more than 1 or 2 things done. Then, when some of the mental clutter has been cleared, I turn to the arduous task that will take up most of my energy, comfortable that I can spend the rest of the day working on it, unreserved, because I don’t have to do anything “after this”.

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