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Are These Time Suckers Stealing Your Time? How to Stay Focused in a World of Distraction

13 June 2013

From Momeo Magazine:

We are our own worst enemies when it comes to staying focused. It’s tempting to blame the friend that called to chit-chat in the middle of your official office hours or the chain of links that lead you to this intensely interesting video of cats riding on automated vacuum cleaners, but trust me, there is no one to blame but yourself. The trouble is that these temptations are everywhere and they tend to sneak up on you when you least expect it.

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#1: Social Media — Use it wisely. For many of us, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are an integral part of our everyday routines. The point where the ‘work’ ends and the idle frittering begins is a fuzzy line, which is the reason it tops the list of fake-work projects. Time literally disappears and before you know it, an hour or two has passed and you have no idea what you spent that time doing.

Limit your social media use during office hours to purposeful activities only, like posting links to your site, connecting with key people and representing your brand online, and save your idle socializing for your downtime. Pay attention to that moment when social media interaction turns into mindless exploration and shut it down! If you know that socializing is an irresistible temptation for you, set a timer for 15 minutes to remind yourself that time’s up and move on.

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#3: Perfection Crutch — Stop thinking you need to get everything ‘just so’ before pushing it out into the world. Perfection is one of those sneaky ‘fake work’ projects because it makes you feel like you are in fact moving forward when in reality, your pursuit of perfection has you stuck on go. Perfection is often a convenient excuse to hide the real cause of delay: fear.

Start by getting it done and then work on perfecting it. Pay attention to how you use perfection. Is it an excuse to stay safely planted on go or is it a necessary requirement of the project? If your drive for perfection is motivated by an internal resistance, address that fear first and then find a way to move forward anyway.

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6 Comments to “Are These Time Suckers Stealing Your Time? How to Stay Focused in a World of Distraction”

  1. Time suckers.

    I’m just saying.


    (I swear, surfing TPV.com is work related.)

  2. I love that I read this, and agree, and am also taking some time to post a response. Instead of working on my own stuff.

    Bonus points: I’ve rewritten this comment a few times now.

    Awesomeness. I’m gonna go get a cookie.

  3. Yeah, I’m usually good about switching off wifi etc and working. But one does have to get connected at least once every few days… maybe I should live in the woods…

  4. I have a limited data plan because where I live is off the beaten path. This helps reduce the amount of ‘cats on vacuum cleaners’ videos that I watch but there are dozens of blogs that I read and that can consume some time… especially when I start posting on them.

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