The enemy of productivity is distraction.
Think about it. All around us, companies are throwing advertisements at us constantly. Social media is another culprit. You start looking at social media and the next thing you know, two hours have passed.
I recently watched a video by Darren Hardy, the publisher of Success Magazine titled “Insane Productivity.” In it, he mentions that distraction is the number one enemy of productivity. It costs companies tons of money every year. I believe it.
I think about how much time TV, the Internet, and other things distract me from what I am doing.
Did you notice the airplane in the image above? See what I mean?
So, here are three things that I have found that help eliminate some of the distractions so I can be more productive.
- An app called BrainFocus. It allows me to set a simple timer for however long I need it to be so I can focus. When the timer counts down to zero, an alarm goes off on my phone telling me to take a break. After four cycles, it gives me a longer break.
- Use my office. My wife gets on me for using the couch sometimes but if I go in the office, there is no TV, radio, or people walking around the house that can distract me.
- Since my office can be anywhere, I sometimes find myself in a coffee shop or eatery where there are other people. It’s much harder to eliminate distractions there but I can put my earbuds in and put on some soothing music to help drown out the noise. Having been a parent to many kids, I have developed the skill of tuning out, so there’s that.
With so many distractions, it can be hard. As an entrepreneur, it falls on you to eliminate those distractions so you can focus on what you need to do each day.
Speaking of what to do each day, another suggestion by Darren Hardy is to make a list of three things you want to accomplish each day in priority order. Make the list the day before and take them one at a time. Work on the first one until it is complete, then move to the second one and so on. If there is something that doesn’t get done that day, make your list for the next day and determine the priorities.
What do you do to eliminate distractions in your work and business life?