You might be thinking you are doing things that are good for yourself, but you are actually distracted...
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of distractions?
Probably Netflix, your phone, your computer and other things revolving around technology at some extent.
What if I told you that was only around half of the distractions in your life and that you might be distracted by things that are actually "healthy" for you to be doing too...
What if I told you things like reading and the gym could be distracting you?
There is a fine line for these things on spending almost too much time on them before they are becoming a distraction for you and I really encourage you to keep reading and find out what that line actually is...
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Now let's get back to what you started reading for.
A Quick Glimpse At The Article
Why We Get Distracted
We Are Tryna Escape Discomfort
First off here, it is probably going to be useful to know why we get distracted in the first place?
Why do we constantly pick up our phones even when we know we don't need to?
Well, the underlying reason for any distraction is to avoid uncomfortable things and sometimes this impairs our ability to take real action towards our goals.
We get distracted so we don't have to be uncomfortable making those few sales calls, or we pick up that phone on a date when there is an awkward silence so that it is a little more comfortable for us.
Why is this a problem though?
All of your growth, both personally, in relationships and in your career happens in times of uncomfort because this is when you are learning something new and expanding your comfort zone.
So, if you miss these opportunities to step outside your comfort zone and be uncomfortable, you might find it hard to actually see the results that you want to or reach the goals that you want to.
What Getting Distracted Takes Us Away From
This is what you are trying to avoid when you get distracted...
Other than just taking us out of uncomfortable situations, getting distracted also takes us away from the activities in our day to day life that will actually help get us towards our goals.
Distractions take us away from the real work, because distractions are anything that are easy to us, even if that means going to the gym is easy for us and not for others.
Or even just learning, because so many people think they are taking action while they are learning but in reality they need to start taking some real steps to get towards their goals, even though learning is very important.
When you spend extra time doing these activities, in order to avoid real work, whether that be consciously or subconsciously, you are distracting yourself.
If you actually took a step back, you might realize that a majority of your day is spent distracting yourself because that is what is easy. It is not easy to take action on your goals and many of us distract ourselves with the feel good thought that we are being productive.
Forms of Distractions You Might Not Realize
I am not over here saying that you should never go to the gym, never read and never spend time doing things like answering client emails.
I am saying that you have to see if you need to be spending as much time as you are on these things, or are you just distracting yourself from doing the hard work.
If your real focus is to grow your brand or business more, or even just get better at your job yet you are spending 3 hours everyday at the gym and even more time reading every day, you might feel productive but I think you are missing the point.
Picking up that book or going to the gym, or even answering emails that aren't really important at that point in time, is actually really easy compared to any real work you might have to be doing such as working on a product or service or making sales calls.
Sure, you might feel like you are getting a lot done, but step back in a year or two and you will realize that you are in the same place you started, just maybe a little more informed and in better shape.
How to Shape Your Days to Get Less Distracted
And to get more shit done...
Instead of focusing your days around what makes you feel productive, take a step back and make a list of what you actually ahve to get done each week to move your goals forward.
You want your days to be focused around your values and goals, not to just keep a giant to do liost of things that make you feel productive, yet are just distracting your from where you actually want to go.
It is not the objective here to get rid of all of your distractions, because a lot of them are actually very useful if you use them for a "correct" amount of time and don't swamp your whole day with these activities.
Instead off going to the gym for hours, get an effective workout in in an hour, maybe wait to read until after you have all of your effective tasks done for the day or even maybe wait on those emails that aren't urgent for a specific day and time each week.
Even with your phone, maybe use it when you need to for work or business but don't check that personal Snapchat or Instagram except for a handful of times that you specify each day.
Instead, we want to figure out how to keep these things on the list of productive items rather than distractions because there really is a fine line...
Let's Get Started
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Almost every day I will sum up the blog in some mental "workouts, which are essentially going to help you train your mind, much like you would train your body at the gym.
Exercie #1: Identify Your Distractions
Notes: take a step back and realize the things that are less obvious, yet are keeping you from productive actiuvities.
Exercise #2: Read and Learn
Reps: 1x per day
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Notes: Learning is essential, but put it off until night so that you have all your more important tasks out of the way and you can't use this as a distraction.
Exercise #3: Specifiy Times of Day for Your Personal Phone Use
Duration: Throughout all waking hours
Notes: Start based on how much you need it. Maybe right now you are looking at your phone every 5 minutes so you set a timer every 20-30 minutes so that you can check it quick and then get back to work.
Exercise #4: Cut Back on What You Are Doing Too Much of
Notes: Figure out if you are spending too much time on productive activities, such as the gym or even studying, where they are turning into easy distractions compared to productive activities.
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