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A hindrance, interference, diversion, interruption, emotions, entertainment, or anything that keeps you from giving your full attention to the task at hand is considered to be a DISTRACTION.

Distractions come in many forms including phone calls, emails, text messages, social media, news reports, husbands, wives, children, parents, friends, etc. They keep you from fulfilling your dreams and move you further from your goal. They reduce your productivity and throw you off course.

The best way to handle distractions is to NOT allow the distractions to handle you. Minimize distractions before they minimize YOUR ACTION!

Here are several ways to keep your focus at a maximum as you climb the ladder of success.

  • Just Say No:  You must learn to value your time and you must teach others to do the same. Unfortunately, you have to be a little selfish when it comes to reaching your goals. The more you say yes to others, the more you are saying NO to yourself. You may have to offend a few people, but saying yes to time wasted is impossible to get back.

  • Get Up Extra Early to Focus:  At 3:30am, 4:00am, 4:30am, there are little to no distractions at all. In most cases, those that are connected to your world aren’t stirring just yet. This gives you uninterrupted creativity, thought, study, and planning time to maximize your action. There’s just one catch to this. You must go to bed earlier.

  • Create a Prioritized To-Do List:   Make a to-do list with the most pressing things at the top as a priority.  Focus on one duty(assignment) at a time until completed.  Include scheduled mini breaks after completing every couple of tasks.   The more consistent you are in following your list, the more your productivity will increase. 

  • Separate Yourself:  If the distraction will not leave you, then YOU leave the distraction! Step away from the television. Step away from the cell phone and time wasting websites. If that means finding a different place to go to get things done, then DO IT!  Separate yourself from whatever and whoever is holding you back from getting to the next level.

  • Dump Your Brain: Unending thoughts, worries, and ideas can often get in the way of your focus. Get everything out of your head and onto paper so you can stop thinking about it. Once you’ve written it down, then let it go. This technique will help alleviate mental clutter and mental distractions.

These small changes will help you to achieve your goals in a  BIG way.  Remember, every distraction, does NOT deserve a reaction!

Cheryl Lynn Smith 

IMpowerment & INcrease INnovator


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