Distraction Is More Dangerous Now

There is a lot going on now that can derail your focus. For just that reason, distraction is more dangerous now. The world is unsettled, risks are higher, much is unfamiliar and people are on edge. If you allow yourself to drift away from the present moment all these factors can make it an unpleasant experience – much more so than under less chaotic conditions.

The antidote is focus, structure and self-nurturing when you need it. You can make the most of this time by understanding what is going on and keeping yourself in the center of the road.

 

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Focusing

I have found that one of my challenges during this time is keeping my focus. My mind wanders and, at times, cannot hold its attention for very long. It’s not like I busy myself with distractions, rather at various times in the day, I find it challenging to keep my attention on something I want to do (a work project, cleaning the house, cooking, working in the yard). When this happens, I do my best to bring my attention back. I also give myself space. I know we are in a time of uncertainty and transition and that some of my energy is focusing on that. That’s okay. I am finding my new center and until I do, I go easy on myself, to a point.

How is your focus these days?

 

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Time “Check – In”

Time is a key factor in your career success. Take a minute today to look at how time has factored into your life and work since the start of 2018. How are you doing with time? If you are doing well, good for you! Keep up what you are doing. If time is getting the better of you, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

• How realistic are my expectations of the things I can get done in terms of the time I have to do them?

• Are stress or distractions getting in the way of using my time well? Am I maintaining the focus that I need to in my work?

• Is being tired or lack of exercise affecting my ability to get things done?

How you are handling time should always be on your radar. For more about your relationship with time, see my blog posts: Your Relationship With Time and Ten Ways To Change Your Relationship With Time

 

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How’s Your Focus Today?

As you read this post, take a moment to assess how well you are focusing today. Are you tackling your top priorities? Are you instead focusing on lesser priorities or allowing yourself to be distracted?

Focus is a present-moment pursuit. It requires your attention and awareness – first, to identify your priorities and then, to stick to them. Keep your focus strong each day and you’ll find yourself moving forward.

 

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Intentional Distraction

Sometimes, you can be your own worst enemy. One example is when you consciously and intentionally distract yourself from situations and tasks that need to get handled. You can do this when you really do not want to do something, you can’t get yourself to focus or stress or overwhelm is getting the better of you. Intentional distraction does not serve you. It only delays the inevitable and can create complications that you can do without.

Be aware of when you are distracting yourself by learning to recognize when you are being distracted and what is causing your distraction. When you are the cause, find a way to bring yourself back to center and remind yourself of why what you have to do must get done. Intentional distraction is a fool’s errand. It may keep you from something for a while, but ultimately slows you down and the situation and task is still there waiting for your attention.

 

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The Mind’s Chatter

mindjohnhainpixabayWho is in charge – your mind or you? Often, your mind is a master in taking the lead. There are definite positives in that. However, staying centered among the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of your life has many more advantages. Allowing your mind to be a runaway train does not serve you.

What’s the nature of your mind’s chatter? Does it distract you? Cause worry or anxiety? Tell you false truths? Have you found ways to balance your mind’s chatter and maintain your center? In my next post, I’ll identify ten ways to balance your mind’s unproductive chatter.

 

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10 Ways To Stay Fully Present To What You Are Doing

ID-100282431You’ll work better, faster and more effectively when you are fully present to what you are doing. Here are 10 ways to help you do it.

1. Work on one thing at a time, for a part of each day, to get accustomed to how it feels.

2. Schedule one task or meeting at a time. Don’t let people double-book you on your calendar. If they do, make a choice as soon as you see it, regarding what you will do during that time.

3. Work on your focus. When you are working on a task, honestly assess how focused you are on it.

4. If something distracts you, make a judgment either to allow the distraction and stop what you are doing or say no to it and resume what you are doing.

5. Be honest with yourself about time. Don’t try to do two days of work in one day.

6. Start recognizing what happens to you when you move out of the present moment (e.g. your stress starts rising, your mind wanders, you look for other things to do). Be aware of when these things happen.

7. Find a good book or video on mindfulness.

8. Give people your full attention when interacting with them (phone, in-person, e mail, text).

9. Complete your priority tasks first and know the time of day that you are at your best.

10. Find an exercise to practice that helps you bring yourself back to the present moment.

 

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How Often Are You Fully Present To What You Are Doing?

ID-100249700Stop laughing. ☺ It’s worth paying attention to. Why? When you are fully present to what you are doing, your work gets the benefit of your intelligence, attention, time and skill. Distraction or inattention diminishes the quality of your work and often increases the time you spend, for lesser results.

Being fully present brings all of you to your tasks. You’ll work better, faster and more effectively. For my next blog post, I’ll create a list of 10 ways to stay fully present to what you are doing.

 

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Ten Ways To Quickly Reenergize When You Are In A Slump

1. Stop what you are doing and walk away for a few minutes

2. Daydream

3. Draw something whimsical with colors

4. Look at a few photos or a short video that makes you happy

5. Take a walk outside

6. Close your eyes and shut the world out

7. Breathe 20 times in and out, focusing only on your breaths

8. Tell yourself a joke, or recall something that really made you laugh

9. Smile

10. Eliminate distractions

 

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Distraction

There is a lot going on as we approach the end of the year. Sometimes, the pace and pressure can be too much. One thing to watch out for, is allowing yourself to sidetrack into distraction. It’s a natural impulse. You don’t want to deal with a situation, so you find away to get away from it. The problems come when you stay there. Many times, distraction is unproductive and doesn’t give you anything back.

Say, you start browsing randomly on the Internet and you get caught up in something meaningless. How have you helped yourself relating to the things that were going on? Distraction can be destructive. The world moves on and you are sidetracked. At some point when you get back, you are behind and have not been a participant during your distraction.

Instead of sidetracking into distraction, you can handle the desire to escape by creating a temporary diversion that allows you to regroup and get yourself to a better place. You do it consciously, knowing you have to return to what you were doing and using the diversion to make you stronger and better able to handle the pressure. When I start feeling overwhelm, sometimes I’ll take a walk and other times, take just a few minutes to read the paper, knowing it will be a short time and I will return to my work in a better place.

What kinds of distractions are you capable of creating between now and the end of the year? How will you deal with them?

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