Have you ever tried to accomplish ALL the things you set out to do in a day? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because of all the distractions. So what do you do? Many people find success by using their employees, boss, or family as an excuse for not accomplishing the things that need to get done. But they’re using excuses and not holding themselves accountable. I am here to tell you it isn’t easy to get everything done that you want to, but it is doable. This post will tell you what you need to know to make sure you are prepared ahead of time to understand your triggers to get things done successfully.
If you’re looking for a way to hold the distractions at bay, the best method to ensure you will end up with success is to follow this step by step plan:
- Step 1 – Identify what your “triggers” are; you know, the things that take us off course from doing what we want to do. For me having my phone next to me while I work and beeping when I get a text message takes me off course, and thus it is a “trigger.” For others, it could be the notifications on their computer that pop up while they are working. You need to take a few minutes and list ALL your triggers.
- Step 2 – With your list of triggers written down, you now need to think of a “solution” to each and every one of them. That’s right! How can you make the “trigger” stop from even happening? For me, I decided that turning off the volume on my phone and not keeping it near me could help. Even putting my apple watch on do not disturb while I’m working would help keep me distraction-free. You need to look at each distraction and develop a creative solution to keep it from taking you off track.
- Step 3 – Take action and put that “plan” for eliminating the distraction into place. Before I started to write this blog, I knew that having my phone next to me and my watch sending notifications would take me off track, so I took action. I put my phone in the kitchen and put my watch on do not disturb. Your job is to decide before you begin to work what the distractions could be and take action to silence them for success.
- Step 4 – Decide NOW how you will keep yourself on track. For me, I tell myself over and over as I work that I am focusing and doing the best thing for me right now. Why do I do that? Because once you ditch the distractions, your mind will tell you that there is something important you need to see on your phone, email, etc. That isn’t true. The way you create amazing things is by DOING, and to do that effectively, you need to keep your mind focused on the RESULT you want to make, and I do that by positive self-talk. Try it; it works!
- Step 5 – Repeat steps 1 – 4 as often as needed during the day.
Now that you know there’s an easy way to keep distractions at bay, you’re ready to accomplish all those essential things you have set out to do today without worrying about the things you might be missing.
Let’s Take Action Together!