Eliminate Your Distractions And Win By Following These 4 Steps

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Be productive. Be efficient.

Be productive. Be efficient.

Have you noticed whenever you need to concentrate on something you regard important, often times you get distracted by small things, problems, challenges and so on (also described as No.7 in this post on the 11 Productivity tips). This surely prevents you from getting it done according to the timeframe you planned. For example, when I was writing my thesis I would often find myself doing dishes, cleaning the apartment, watching TV or surfing on the Net … or anything that the other part of my brain would say (lie) is also good/necessary  to do right now.

Well, the truth be told, you are not alone. We all experience all sorts of bumps and obstacles on our way to getting things done. But let me tell you this: most of those things have no contribution whatsoever to your accomplishing the tasks. Learn from many successful people who say that: It is not about what to do, it is about what NOT to do.

Here are some steps to increase your productivity when doing a written or business project.

Step 1 - Get a piece of paper and draw a vertical line in the middle of it.

Step 2 - On the left part write down tasks you need to accomplish. Please don’t write a list of hundreds of activities. NO! Write down only 2 or 3 most important tasks you need to do right now and today.

Step 3 - Then, on the right side of the paper list down all those activities that, you know, are your ‘distractors”. I am positively sure the list on the right should be longer than the one on the left side. And that’s OK.

Step 4 - Always be honest with yourself. Don’t try to find excuses to anything that is distracting you. At the end of the day, if you are not honest with yourself, then I would not understand why you bother having read this post so far.

We have to understand one thing. All distractions have to do with either avoiding pain or giving us pleasure (Anthony Robbins talks in depth about it in his book Awaken The Giant Within). Whenever you switch your attention from an important task to non-important, your brain knows that that right now right here the important task is associated with avoiding immediate pain and the non-important task with gaining immediate pleasure/satisfaction. That how we all humans think and that is how Neuro-linguistic programming (aka NLP) came about.

The purpose of this post is not to have you understand all NLP details, (I would not know them all myself) but to make you realize that every time you are distracted, you need to flip your thinking. In other words, you need to think of the negative consequences of doing a non-important activity and the positive, rewarding results of doing an important task. This should create momentum.

Also, don’t try to eat the ‘elephant’ (metaphorically speaking) i.e. divide your big tasks into small achievable pieces. This way you brain will be playing fewer tricks with you trying to convince you that watching TV, checking email, doing dishes or cleaning the apartment is more important.

In most cases, our daily distractions are ‘responsible’ for keeping us from achieving what we want. If you learn how to efficiently eliminate them by using some tips I’ve written about here, you will be accomplishing much more in a shorter period of time (that’s almost like a promise).

In the end, I want you to watch this video below. This sort of concludes on some of my points here i.e. don’t get distracted by small things. Let them go. It applies to any project or anything else important in your life. Go ahead and watch this inspiring video.

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2 Responses to “Eliminate Your Distractions And Win By Following These 4 Steps”

  1. SuchrobNo Gravatar says:

    November 7th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Many of us have problems being honest with ourselves. Nice and useful steps. I think the video has a strong message too. I have not seen it before. I think it is very inspiring. Thanks!

  2. mufiedNo Gravatar says:

    November 19th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    waw..very nice,,btw nice video by the way…

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