Hooked by distractions? How to change if you always take the bait.

I’ve been reading a book with pretty complex ideas, and it’s a challenge to stay focused. I remembered this post on on distractibility, distraction-seeking, and displacement activity. So now I’ll practice self-compassion in working at something difficult and remind myself that I’m only focusing on the activity for a limited time.

What works for you?

The Tao of Work

Suppose you start the day on a great note. You know exactly what you need to do that day.  You are FOCUSED.  Your to-do list has only the Big Stuff on it. Three or four things that are DO or DIE. And you have the energy to make it happen!

Before you know it, you’re off on a hundred tangents. The task list is all but forgotten.

Does this ever happen to you?  I experience it all the time, and based on what I’m hearing from my clients, so is practically everyone else.

At least three things are going on here: distract-ability,distraction-seeking, and displacement activity.  Here’s what I mean:

Distract-ability: A state of being easily pulled away from my goal or chosen focus. Example: you want to make an appointment on your calendar, but become distracted by notifications on your phone. Relate?

Distraction-seeking: Abandoning focus in favor…

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