Learn How To Dominate The Deception of Distraction!
May 15, 2022
Am I the only one?
It seems the moment I attempt to sit down to draft a new blog, a course, or outline a book of which I know the content will inspire my sisters...
It seems all of hell launches a full-court campaign to DISTRACT me!
Two quick questions for you to ponder:
- What is the definition of “distraction”?
The dictionary states “something that prevents someone from giving their attention to something else”.
- What is God prompting your heart and calling you to give attention?
As a visionary, inspirational speaker, best selling author I must candidly expose the enemy's trap…once God places that “project” in your heart the distractions as my beloved Grandmother would say “will come out of the woodwork!”
Distractions get in the way every day, keeping you from being as productive as you might like. These distractions come in many forms, from ringing doorbells and telephones to emails, voicemails, and well-meaning friends [even beloved prayer buddies] who want to meet for lunch.
It can be a real challenge to stay focused!
How do you go about disregarding all these disturbances to get any work done? It can be tough, but there are ways to reduce interruptions.
Sometimes, I will say out loud to the distraction "Hey, Talk To The Hand!"
Here are some strategies you can use to control your distractions:
- Telephone distractions. Unless you're expecting an important call, turn off your ringers and direct your calls to voicemail. Then only check your voicemail once or twice a day.
- Return the calls you must, but if you can reply via email, that's even better. When you send an email reply, you can keep the conversation succinct.
- Email interruptions. Unsubscribe from email lists you don't need and set up separate email accounts for business and pleasure. This way, when you're trying to work, you don't find yourself bombarded with jokes, videos, party invites, or Facebook messages.
- Reduce the frequency emails are delivered to your inbox or set your email so you only receive emails when you go in and manually retrieve them in batches.
- The “.WWW” time drain. If you don't need the internet for your work, stay away from it. You'll save yourself a lot of wasted time and unnecessary stress.
- Fully close web browsers so you eliminate the temptation to surf online.
- Co-workers. If you’re [post-covid] back in the office and you find that co-workers annoy you, try wearing headphones while you work to give the illusion you can't hear them. It might sound silly, but it eliminates being subjected to endless babble.
- Another option is to post a Do Not Disturb sign outside of your workspace AND front door [if you work from home]. Hopefully, your co-workers will know that you mean business and honor it.
- Workspace clutter. Get rid of any visual clutter - it's distracting and kills productivity. Seeing unfinished projects or pending work can cause unnecessary stress. This stress can have negative results, like making you unable to focus on the task at hand.
- Put everything you don't need for your current project into a drawer or box out of sight if you have to. You can always sort it out carefully when you're less busy.
- The same should be said for computer clutter. Eliminate unneeded computer programs and icons to make your computer more efficient. The quicker you're able to find the file you need, the faster you'll be able to get back on track.
- Work-at-home distractions. If you work from home, make sure friends and family respect the fact that you're truly working just like anyone who goes into an office. Some people may have a difficult time understanding this concept, but they'll comply if you explain it. I have a “Working- Please Do Not Disturb” sign at my front window and on my home office/ studio doors.
- Avoid doing household chores during your work time. Train your mind to think about these tasks when your work is finished.
- Catch-Up Invitations From Friends. Learn to set clear yet firm expectations with friends, especially when they call on sunny days to meet or chit-chat about their concerns. This has helped me immensely and safeguarded my time to produce two bestselling projects! “I’m finally working on the project I’ve been talking about. Let’s catch-up next week [establish a date and a window of time] and in the meanwhile, I certainly welcome your prayers and appreciate your encouraging support!”
When distractions do arise, whether at home or at the office, make notes and deal with them at an appropriate time at the end of the day. If someone pops by to chat, stand up to let them know your chatting time is limited. Don't allow them to sit or get cozy.
Of course, you still need to set aside time to handle these distractions. You don't want to be so restrictive on yourself that you burn out. After all, everyone benefits from a little guilt-free downtime! It's okay to let your mind wander, browse the web, or do whatever appeals to you, just make sure it doesn't creep into your work time.
Follow these tips every day to make effective use of your time and energy. When you FOCUS and eliminate distractions, you'll find that you can get more done in half the time!
“Let your eyes look directly ahead. And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.”
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