How to quickly ID distractions

It’s understandable to get distracted. Most distractions either come in the form of something incredibly urgent or in the shape of an amazing opportunity. So why wouldn’t we be drawn to something that is screaming danger or tantalizing us with its value. Yet, as is often the case, when we lose focus of our priorities it ends up causing more problems than it solves for and it’s why it’s so important to be able to quickly ID when something is a distraction.

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Let’s take a closer look at how we can quickly identify distractions so we more effectively manage them.

Is it relevant?

If the task isn’t directly helping you to accomplish your goals, why are you doing it? Unless you are seriously considering shifting what your goals and focus is, if the task doesn’t support the end goals in mind it may just be a distraction.

How does it impact the rest of your schedule?

Is this pulling me away from my planned time and day? If so, consider carefully the greater impact of the task you’re considering. Is it worth the time, energy and effort or should you stick to what you had on your agenda before it popped up.

Why this task?

We’re amazingly good at finding reasons not to do the things we don’t like doing. Anytime something comes up, do a gut check and ask yourself if you’re considering this as a time spend because it’s a priority or simply because it may be more enjoyable than the work you should be doing and need to be  doing.

It’s not always easy to identify distractions but if it passes the gut check, furthers your bigger objectives and goals and is more valuable time spent versus what you originally had scheduled than safe to say it isn’t a distraction. However, if you’re failing one or more of the above identifiers you may want to wait on the activity to see if it really is something you should be doing.

How do you identify distractions?

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