One of the curses of the continuous development of this modern age is DISTRACTION. There is distraction everywhere, on the phones, in the offices, in class, on the street, everywhere!
As much as I can say that distractions can have its beautiful side like rejuvenation or fun in the midst of this world that constantly screams “focus focus focus!”, yet, if you are serious about getting things done in this distraction-prone world, it is key that you are deliberate about dealing with it.
HOW DO YOU REALLY AVOID DISTRACTION?
I will at this point confess that the topic might have been a little misleading because in truth you can not avoid distraction, but you can actually deal with distractions as it comes.
Let’s define what a distraction is.
WHAT IS A DISTRACTION?
A distraction is anything that takes you away from a particular task or desire in focus. Synonyms include diversion, interruption, disturbance, intrusion, interference and obstruction, all words that are usually associated with things you don’t want.
SO, HOW DO I DEAL WITH DISTRACTION?
One pointer to dealing with distraction is to identify TRIGGERS.
There are TWO TYPES OF TRIGGER to be identified.
- Internal triggers: This covers daydreaming, sleepiness and of course, hunger pang. That moment when you suddenly feel lonely and you call a friend, that too is an internal trigger.
- External triggers: This covers things from the environment like an unexpected phone call, the ping from incoming chats, a sudden television program, e.t.c
FINALLY, HOW DO I DEAL WITH DISTRACTION?
IDENTIFY YOUR INTERNAL TRIGGERS
What are the triggers that you generally find yourself falling into? If hunger is your thing, you might want to ensure you get to work with a full stomach. If it is day-dreaming, you might want to be conscious of that so that you can control it. Identifying your internal trigger, which I believe is even more influential than external is key.
SHOOT DOWN EXTERNAL TRIGGERS
You do not want to be friendly with external triggers. The thing about these external triggers is that they can fall within the urgent or Important and Urgent quadrant. If your phone is a distraction, putting your phone on flight mode can help. Create times for fun such as games, chatting or just surfing through social media, or whatever means you engage in fun, ensure you create time for it as having an allotted time helps with psychological discomfort that can come from working in a long time.
SET YOUR TARGET
What do you want to achieve within the given time that you have? What things do you want to set in motion? Set the exact things that you want to do, that way you can know how long time you can spend on a particular thing.
I can assure you that you might still fall prey to distractions as you go on, but be sure that you can always try again and get it right!
One of my major distractions is my ultimate desire for knowledge, I could be surfing the internet for a particular topic and in the process find something else similar that I follow and it goes on and on. Tell me, what’s your ultimate distraction – Pizza? Ice-cream? music?
Do let me know if this helps and please SHARE!