Overcoming Distractions

Focused Determination

Just had a personal experience of distraction, while I’m not proud to admit it, it’s happened again. You see, something hasn’t worked out just as I’d planned and I’m distracted by how to improve it. Now, realizing how distracted I am from my to-do list, I’m in a place of choice!

This is the exciting part, when I can actively decide to put the distraction aside. I can decide to make my priorities top of the list and get the important work done. How did I get here?

  1. I took the time to think about what was on my mind, I asked myself “what can I do about it right now?”
  2. Recognizing that it’s not the best time to deal with the challenge, I chose to set it aside.
  3. I realized that I was completely being derailed by the lower priority.
  4. I then scheduled in time to my schedule to address it and honestly, it’s in the back of my mind – that place where I ponder challenges until a resolution comes about. The benefit is that other things of more import can now be top of mind and be addressed.
  5. I then asked myself “what is my highest priority?” and began to work away.

Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? But we call know, in the moment of distraction, it’s hard to get back to the top priorities. Recognition of any problem or challenge is always the first step – because then we can work towards resolution. It can be helpful to make a list of what you feel like and how you behave when you are distracted. Then when you experience these “symptoms” you can, like me, make a choice to refocus your energies for success!

Sylvia Plester-Silk is an Executive Coach who offers a Discovery Process to help you uncover the challenges in your organization and to offer creative steps for you to undertake to improve your results.

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