A few days ago, I came across this all-too-common question while browsing reddit:
And it got me thinking about two things:
- How many of us set out to do something challenging, yet find ourselves constantly pulled away by distractions?
- What better starting point for a discussion about distractions than reddit?
There are somewhat involuntary distractions (ambient noise, kids, calls from colleagues) and voluntary distractions (basically, the entire internet).
Do you ever notice that when we set out to do something that we either a) love doing, or b) find really easy, focus is never a problem?
But as soon as we need to start something difficult (or boring), just about everything seems more interesting than work.
Guess what: there’s a solution.
And it has nothing to do with willpower.
On Monday, I’m going to show you a strategy that will virtually guarantee that you’ll be able to eliminate voluntary distractions whenever you need to.
You’ll be surprised at how simple it is — literally anyone can use this strategy — but it taps into a powerful psychological concept that’s stronger than willpower.
But first, I want to hear from you:
- What’s your BIGGEST voluntary distraction when you’re trying to work? Be specific (e.g., stalking old friends on Facebook, watching cat videos on YouTube, etc…)
- What have you tried, if anything, to overcome it? Has it worked?
Share your answer in the comments below.