By Eric Worre
If you have a dog, you know that they can be easily distracted. One minute they’re happily chasing the stick you just threw, and the next they are chasing the squirrel that just crossed their path, then barking at a random tree, and then following the scent of another dog, and then, and then…
The prized stick is forgotten.
Distractions can easily sidetrack you. One minute you’re making phone calls and scheduling meetings with prospects, and the next you’re scrolling through nonsense on Facebook or watching cat videos. Soon you’ve wasted hours of your day. And wasted hours soon add up to wasted days.
Wasted Hours, Wasted Days
A day can make all the difference between reaching your goals and falling short of them. This is why I always encourage you to keep working around the holidays and summertime. When you stop working for so many days, thinking that just because it’s the holidays no one else is working or are too busy, then you lose out on so much business. Top earners will tell you that they work all year round. They don’t take off for Christmas or the summer months. They keep working, and they are the ones who recruit more people, reach their goals, and advance to the next rank.
When distractions cause you to lose hours that add up to days, it is just like deciding to take a month off around the holidays. You lose so much business, and that keeps you from reaching your goals. You chase the squirrel and lose sight of the prized stick you were headed for.
How to Deal with Distractions
So, what can you do to keep from getting distracted throughout the day?
Focusing on your goals, your dreams, and your daily tasks will help you eliminate the distractions in your life. Stop scrolling through Facebook. Stop checking your phone every minute to see if someone retweeted you. Turn off all of the notifications. Turn off the TV. Log off of social media. And focus in on what you need to accomplish that day in order to move forward in your business.
Now, I know that you can’t focus on your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You need mental breaks. So, schedule breaks in your day. Set aside ten minutes here and half an hour there to take your mind off your business and recharge. That is the time when you can catch up with the newest cat videos, do the laundry, go see a movie, etc.
But make sure you stick to your schedule. If you gave yourself ten minutes to scroll through Facebook, then only scroll through Facebook for ten minutes. Set a timer if you need to, so that you get back to work and don’t let the break become a distraction.
Stop letting distractions veer you off course. Leave the squirrel alone, and focus on going after your goal.