Running a business is mental, physical and psychic at the same time. To be successful in what you do, you must not only focus on what you do, but also be determined. However, we are more than ever the victims of a whole range of distractions, with this digitalization that is constantly increasing in power. It is therefore normal that you look for tips to avoid all these distractions, and I will give you some.
Indeed, I have listed the main distractions that can overwhelm us on a daily basis. Once this list has been determined, all you have to do is make the necessary arrangements and try to avoid these distractions.
The main distractions
1. Social Networks: Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin,...
We're curious to see what's going on in our network, so we're tempted to sit there for hours and hours. I used to stay glued to my smartphone, just to watch for likes. I also wanted to be on the lookout for all the new stuff, but more importantly, I wanted to be one of the first to know what's going on. In short, it's all about the need for instant satisfaction.
My solution is to remove the application in question from your smartphone (whether it's Facebook, Twitter or other; in any case, the one you don't use professionally). Why not check it once a day on your computer (unless you have special and important reasons to have it on your smartphone)?
There is a YouTube video in which I describe this method at the bottom of the article. Support me by subscribing to the Happy Desk Design YouTube channel.
2. Messaging applications (WhatsApp, Messenger, etc.)
As I told you at the beginning, there's a whole host of distractions. Personally, I know a dozen of them: Phone call, SMS, What's App, Fb Messenger, IG Messenger, Slack, Skype, Twitter, Mail...
I admit that it won't be easy to remove them all from my smartphone and force my relatives to contact me only on the application of my choice. The most practical would be to disable notifications during your working hours, and only check the applications when you're really free.
I'll end with e-mails, because that's the most powerful way to fall into distraction. I don't know about you, but when I open my mailbox, I often say to myself: "I'm going to answer one or two emails quickly". An hour later, I'm still there, in front of my mailbox.
For some time now, I've been checking my e-mail only once a day. I've even added a stopwatch to make sure I don't spend too much time on it. Do you know Timely App? In fact, I wrote about it in this article.
Why put an end to these distractions?
Every entrepreneur asks himself at the end of the day: what good did I do today? What if you felt like you worked hard, but didn't actually do much? Do you know what the reason is? It's simply because you've been distracted.
Only you can't do anything about it... and now you're starting to get frustrated. To avoid all this (which has already happened to me many times), I suggest that you write down your priorities every morning, even before starting the day. This also gives you the feeling that you are taking things back in hand, that you are in control of your life.
Every second that passes is precious and should not be wasted on futile things. You have to know how to enjoy it, and you can only do so if you avoid the daily distractions.
To go further...
I recommend the book "Make time" by Jake Knapp - John Zeratsky
YouTube: Stop Distractions! Freelance & Business (2019)
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