What does distraction have to do with life? Everything. There are hundreds of thousands of tweets, texts, news clips, podcasts, books, television shows, movies, and other social media. vying for your time and attention. Did mention advertisers? Yeah, them too. Managing your distractions are a must.
Easily said, but this requires a little discipline. Perhaps it also requires a bit of personal character or willpower. There are so many things happening everywhere around us. Radio, television, email, Facebook, Twitter, What’s App just to name a few. Sure, I know, but how do I manage all these things vying for my attention?
One simple way is to limit your distractions. Turn off your phone and email when working at your computer. Do not try to “multi-task.” Very few people multi-task at useful level. Stephen Monsell found that for most of us, it just increases the time to switch between tasks versus staying on the same task.
Mindtools.com has a great article on multi-tasking and how to quit. Things like limiting your interruptions (cell phone, email, texts, etc.)
What happens if I am not able to control my focus? The best case is you get behind on your work and you feel behind and disorganized. The worst, I hate to say, but could lead to death. Your life or someone else’s could be forfeit. Can you say, “texting and driving” anyone?
Would you want your doctor or pharmacist distracted? I think not.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what you do to avoid or limit distractions?