What’s going on in your world? Are you on top of your to-do’s and projects? Or is it a bit of a chaotic mess?

It can be hard to stay focused sometimes. There are lots of activities (and sometimes, people) to distract us.

More accurate to say: We allow ourselves to get distracted and we even seek out distraction.

How can you stop falling into distraction and just get some damn work done? Here are a few simple techniques for killing the distraction addiction so you can get more done:

No, no, no, no.

Every time you start to do any distraction activity that’s not related to the ONE task that you’re committing to doing, you have to stop that distraction activity immediately. Say “no” to it. Get back to work.

“Oh, I’m just going to check [email, social media, my favourite web sites…”.

NO! No, you’re not going to check anything. Get back to your work.

Do this every time you feel the impulse to stray from your task.

Train yourself to stay focused on your one task.

Use a Timer

You can start with focused blocks of 20 or 30 minutes. During that time, you will only work on the task that you are committing to.

No checking email, no social media, no watering your house plants or anything else.

Just your one task.

Bring back clarity and simplicity into your work day by focusing just on one task for 20-30 minutes at a time.

Earn Your Reward

Finish your work first. After you’ve finished it and said “no” to distractions, then you can do personal activities during your lunch break or after you’ve finished your work for the day. Work first, reward later.

Again…Do your work first.

Reward yourself later.

These are the types of mindsets and habit shifts that will get you results with your business and personal goals.

Say “no” to your distractions. You can always enjoy them after you’ve finished your top tasks for the day.

Keep going for your goals!


Nigel Cook
Accountability Coach
Holding Your Feet to the Fire

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