Do you have distraction syndrome?

Distraction syndrome is the inability to stay focused. Don’t feel ashamed if this sounds like you. Studies show many people like you are finding it hard to stay focused. What’s distracting us and how can we fight these distractions?

Major distractions

1. Screen sucking

This is the tendency to lose control over our technology. Without it, you start to go crazy because of the withdrawal. It feels like an addiction.

2. Multitasking

Always taking on more tasks. You have no willpower to say “no” to anyone. You’re having a problem with being a perfectionist.

3. Idea hopping

Finding it hard to stick to an idea. Someone that has no good structure in place to get his or her work done.

4. Worrying

Wasting too much of our time worrying about everything. Instead, you could be spending time working and finishing our tasks.

5. Playing the hero

When you’re always fixing someone else’s problems. This means you’re putting everyone’s needs above yours because you feel like you have too and guilt.

6. Dropping the ball

Disorganisation. Misplacing items or forgetting things you need to do. Ultimately, resulting in disappointment.

Distractions take your attention away from tasks you are suppose to be doing. There are only so many hours in a day. Always try and stay focused. It may be easier if you prioritise your work. Do one task at a time. Take breaks to help you refocus. Even a walk around the block will help clear your mind! That said, are you still struggling with the many distractions that surround you?

Here are 6 tips to help you fight distractions

1. Find your peak of the day

Find the time of day you find yourself most productive. Keep it distraction free. It will help you maximise your time.

2. Challenge yourself

If you’re bored, you’ll have no motivation to do your work. So find ways to push yourself and keep your motivation up.

3. Take short breaks

Always make sure you take a minute or two break to help you refocus your mind and to let your brain relax.

4. Start a done list

Throughout the day, complete a ‘done list’ based on the tasks have completed. You can see how efficient you are working and what you can improve on that way.

5. Try the ‘under 10 minute rule”

If a task can be completed in 10 minutes or less, take care of it right away instead of pushing off small tasks. This will make you super productive!

6. Be nice

If you are too hard on yourself, you’ll push yourself into deeper procrastination. Stop beating yourself up about putting things off and just start.

What’s next?

  1. Join our Kick-Ass Tradies Facebook Group, for access to trade business specific conversations, tips and resources, plus a like-minded community of tradies.
  2. Book a 15-minute Game Plan Call with Andy, owner of Dr. DRiP plumbing and co-founder of Lifestyle Tradie, to clarify your priorities and get clear action steps.