BUSINESS BREAKTHROUGH #8
ARE YOU ADDICTED TO DISTRACTION
The average person checks their cell phone 40 times per day—even when there has been no alert to indicate a message or an email. If you are like the average person, then these addictive distractions are getting in the way of your productivity.
During graduate school I worked 50-hour weeks in my career while attending classes every other weekend and one night each week. All of that left me with little time to get my studies completed and write research papers, and at home I was terribly distracted by other responsibilities. To manage my workload, I began to head to the Oregon coast every other weekend, where I rented a little room at an inn and spent all my time focused on the work I needed to get done. The only distractions were meals and replenishing my coffee. My productivity skyrocketed.
Constant distractions prevent us from creating the long periods of deep thinking and concentration that are often required to do the work we do. In today’s highly digital world, the distractions never stop. Studies show that it takes 23 minutes to refocus on your work after you have succumbed to distraction. If you are checking your phone as frequently as the average person is, then you are definitely not being as productive as you would hope. These distractions are like Kryptonite: They are killing your productivity, which has a direct effect on your profitability.
To be highly productive you must eliminate distractions. Turn off your alerts, silence your cell phone, and focus on the 20 percent of the 20 percent that will generate the results you need. No one needs to be connected to their devices at all times—not even you!
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