5 Tips to Overcome Daily Distractions

What distractions do you use to avoid doing your work?
Try making a list of them.
You’ll be surprised by how many different ways you let something distract you from your work.
 

My Top Ten Distractions:

  1. Email
  2. Espn.com
  3. My dog
  4. YouTube
  5. Facebook
  6. Twitter
  7. Sunny day
  8. Coffee
  9. TV
  10. Chatting with a friend.

I could easily extend this list to 50 things, but you get the point.

We all have our top 10 or 50 things that can distract us.  Some may be obvious, others insidious.
Case in point, yesterday I was stuck trying to figure out why  a client’s sales page wasn’t working to bring her more business. I couldn’t put my finger on it, so while I was reflecting on the possible reasons, I opened a new tab on my browser.

The new tab defaulted to ESPN. I started reading about basketball, and it wasn’t until 5 minutes had passed that I caught myself. This was all done subconsciously.
I was procrastinating without even realizing it. The Internet is a tricky tool. It can be very thought-provoking, but also very mind-numbing.
Reading about sports wasn’t helping me figure out the problem. It just postponed the solution. Read more...

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