How to Avoid Distractions and Stay Focused

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Don't let meaningless distractions stop you from staying focused and following through with great ideas.

Distractions are everywhere. We are in a world of 'real time' information... Our phones beep when automatic emails are sent to us, banners pop-up on our computers when social media notifications are posted or responded to, your kids are fighting, the dinner is burning, your mind can't focus and moves from thought to thought... and so on.  Does this sound familiar? So, how to avoid distractions and stay focused?

Distractions come from technology, people, nature and the sorts that are debilitating to us when we have a goal to accomplish.

As I write this I am struggling with this very topic. The first preseason of the Maple Leaf Hockey Game is on tonight and it's very exciting to see the new powerful team. So, if you are like me, you are surrounded by distractions that you cannot resist.

So what are we to do?

In order to achieve success, you must give your goals undivided attention.

  • In order to give undivided attention, you need to stop the distractions.
  • People who succeed don't let distractions interfere with their mission.
  • They schedule their day, record all the tasks needed to achieve their mini-goals that leads to the main goal.

How can you accomplish your goals, when you are distracted?

Create a schedule (it's really not that hard):

  • list the items you need to do today that are needed to accomplish your main goal
  • don't forget to add items you have already completed that are directly connected to your goal (after all it is a step needed)
  • prioritize your list
  • focus on the first priority until its complete
    • sometimes it takes a few steps to accomplish one priority (if so, I refer to this as a mini-task)
    • make a list of all the items needed to complete the mini-task
  • before tackling your priority list...
    • turn off distractions, like:
      • TV
      • Radio
      • Phone(s)
      • Social Media
      • Text Messages
    • sit in a quiet space, or listen to quiet music [if needed, listen to soft background music]

After you accomplish your goals (big or small), be sure to scratch them from your list. When you see the items eventually scratched off, you will see a great sense of achievement that will spur you on to the next task.

"Starve Your Distractions, Feed Your Soul." -unknown

Keep your direction focused and make the most of your time. It's amazing how much you can accomplish in such a short time if you can stay focused.

The human mind is a powerful thing.

If you don't want to do something there is always a reason:

  • It's too difficult
  • Your feeling lazy
  • You can't focus
  • You're tired or worn out
  • It's too overwhelming

These really have the elements of procrastination.

If you are struggling then try to take a task and break it down into small chunks.

Avoiding tasking yourself with large amounts of work in a short amount of time.

Give yourself slack with time, if the task is complicated and tedious. If you give yourself little time, then you will likely give up due to the pressure. As you can't produce quality results with minimal time you need. Do it well. Do it right, until it is done well. No shortcuts, no due dates that set you up for failure. You need to be your own boss, and be responsible with your time allocation.

Make your self-accountable, or get a buddy to help you stay accountable. Write contracts out too with specific goals and due dates.

Use your phone to set reminders.

In order to be successful, you need to make a plan. Establish what you want. Then set a schedule, take action, and follow through by rinsing and repeating your plan. Take notes on what works and what doesn't work and continually learn through this process until you have fulfilled the goal you wanted to accomplish.

Stop letting distractions affect your missions in life. Take action in the direction you feel driven to accomplish.

What are your distractions? 

What can you suggest to overcome distractions so goals can be accomplished?

Best Wishes from The Cloud.

Deb Entrepreneur & Owner of Cloud9 Marketing Online

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