Disappearing down the rabbit hole is easy if you don’t have a plan of action

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Sometimes it is easy to get distracted, Amazon knock the door with a delivery, a notification goes off on your phone, or you just start scrolling through social media

In a busy world it is easy to lose focus and harder to get it back again.

Certain distractions are unavoidable

If your kids are hungry then you have to feed them whether you are in the middle of a huge project or not

If there is a sudden knock at the door, most of us have to go and answer it as it may be important

Or if you have an urgent email form your new client the chances are you will want to reply to it.

The first step to controlling distractions is identifying what distracts you.

You only need to spend one or two days paying attention to what distracts you to see where your time goes.

Anyone can get distracted when a notification on their phone goes off or if the phone rings and you have to answer it and get distracted for a few minutes it’s natural and sometimes a welcome relief.

The danger comes in getting caught up in your distractions and so if you really want to learn to focus then first monitor how often and how long you engage with each distraction when it comes.

It may be that you realise you just wasted 20 mins proving a point with someone you don’t know on social media.

It could be that you wasted time reading a really long email that you received but can’t action straight away and it could have been flagged to read later.

Perhaps you were just mindlessly scrolling after a recent FB notification.

Whatever it is take a look at what distractions you and what you engage with during the day and see of the pointless distractions how many you can remove or shorten.

It really is eye opening

When you realise how much time you spend not just getting distracted in the first place but how easy it is to allow the distraction to take you down a rabbit hole where time just disappears

But how do you shelve these distractions when they randomly appear?

Plenty of time management gurus will tell you to delete your social media, turn off your phone, park your emails and go and live in a cupboard for a few hours to work.

But deleting distractions doesn’t work for everyone, most people use social media for business and turning off your social media and deleting apps just isn’t effective, lots of people have incoming calls so turning off their phone could seriously damage their business, so it really is dependant on what distractions you can remove and what distractions you need to learn to manage.

Ignoring calls, emails and social media only makes it more distracting when you have to deal with them all later.

And if you’re waiting for important phone calls from clients then turning your phone off isn’t an option.

The answer lies in first identifying which distractions are avoidable.

For example

There are different types of distractions, ones that are really random or urgent such as a knock at the door with an unexpected delivery, or the internet stops working when you are in mid flow, these are pretty random events and you have to stop and deal with them.

Then there are avoidable distractions, ones that you choose to get distracted by such as checking how many people liked your latest Facebook post, a random tutorial on YouTube or a Tik Tok video you haven’t yet seen, these are the ones that need managing the most.

It’s these avoidable distractions that you can mindlessly wonder into, with no end in sight and that don’t make you money.

It’s time to start managing your distractions.

You can do this by allocating time to each thing that frequently distracts you and not engaging with it until the time you have allocated to do so.

This takes some getting used to and can be a challenge to not want to start scrolling on Facebook, or giving your emails a once over.

 Turning off notifications can help but stopping the urge to check emails and apps is the aim rather than deleting everything.

It’s easy to start….

Just choose one of your regular distracting apps allocate a set amount of time each day that you will use it and try to stick with it.

It can be hard at first when you are used to the doom scroll but with enough practice it becomes easier.

Then when you have some control try adding another app and manage them by giving yourself an allotted amount of time to spend with the thing that distracts you.

Or if it’s emails then decide what time of the day you will deal with them.

Could be that it’s calls you deal with and there are times when you really need to make or receive phone calls and times that you could call someone back later, getting to know the difference can really help reduce distracting calls.

 

Begin to look at what distracts you and how you can manage it and eventually you can control your distractions one by one and be much more productive.

Most distractions don’t make money and most can be shelved to allow you more time for focus then you can get back to being distracted when the work is done and engage as much as you like.

 

If you want to get more focused on your business then get in touch to discover how to generate more leads and close more sales!

 

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“My name is Sarah-Jayne Astral founder of the Leads to Sales Accelerator which was created for business owners who are amazing at what they do but need more clients.

I have owned various types of business and been at the the forefront of sales and marketing for over 25 years and now focus on helping business owners generate quality leads and convert those leads into sales.

But that’s not all, from there I show you how to put the right systems in place that will allow you time to do what you’re good at – delivering an excellent service – whilst knowing you have a consistent flow of prospects and a solid revenue stream”

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