You and Your Distractions
Eliminate Distractions and Become a Bug-Free Zone
We’ve talked about Step 1 in the process of eliminating distractions: What is distracting you and what type of distraction is it. You have the What’s Bugging You? worksheet to help you with this step.
We’ve been talking about Step 2 and creating strategies to eliminate distractions. So far we’ve covered things, events, and other people’s behaviors. You have the D3 Worksheet to help you plan your strategies.
Eliminate Self-Created Distractions
Completing Step 2 is to eliminate the distractions caused by your own behavior. In coaching terms, this is about standards you hold yourself to. To eliminate the things you put up with in yourself, you create higher standards of behavior you’re willing to live by.
Are you often late for appointments? What happens to you when you arrive late? You’re distracted by having to settle in, disturbing the flow of conversation underway, and getting caught up as to what’s already happened in the meeting.
Not only is this an energy drain for you, it’s also disrespectful to the other people at the meeting.
Raise Your Standards
You raise your standard by deciding to arrive early for every meeting. This gives you a couple of advantages: You have space to relax and do any final mental preparation before others arrive. You also get your choice of seats and the best donut on the plate.
If it’s a behavior you’re not willing to change at this time, let it go. Stop losing energy over it and being distracted. When the time is right, bring it back onto your list and Do It.
You can’t delegate raising your own standards, but you can get help. If exercise is something you want to add, hire a trainer or get a friend to do it with you. You still have to do the work, but you’ll have support.
Raising Standards Means Creating New Habits
You’ve heard it takes 21 days to create a new habit? Guess again. A study from University College in London determined it takes an average of 66 days.
Change never happens quickly. Allow yourself to grow into the new desired behavior. What you need is a commitment to change, patience, and practice.
Be kind to yourself. Allow the change to happen. Be conscious of your behavior. Remind yourself what you want if you find yourself slipping and remember your reward for success: Regaining control of your time and your life.
The final step in the process is to take the action you’ve decided is best for you. Simple, right? It’s 1, 2, 3:
- Identify and type what’s distracting you
- Select the strategy for eliminating the distraction
- Take the action
I’ve used this very same process for over 20 years with clients and for myself. I know it works and guarantee if you put the process into practice, you’ll find you have more time to be productive at work, you’ll leave the office with a clean inbox, you’ll have more time with friends, family, or whatever’s important to you.
Just remember it’s a process and will take time. And tackle only one thing at a time – you can’t do it all at once. But you’ll get better as you go along. Ultimately, you’ll find you live in a Bug-Free Zone©, and you no longer allow distractions to occur. You eliminate them as soon as you recognize what they are.
And ask for help if you need it. Join a Bug-Free Zone© or a mastermind group. And download a copy of It’s Not the Bears That Will Get you: It’s the Bugs for a thorough description of the process to eliminate distractions.