How To Stop Distractions For Good

One thing in life that is guaranteed is distractions. And despite the fact that we know to expect them, distractions are the biggest pain point for people who wish they could be more productive. When it comes to productivity, most people struggle with rising above these inevitable obstacles.

So if distractions are a certainty - then why are we so easily caught off guard when they happen?

Why are we constantly disempowered in our own action, thwarted from our desired progression by something that is guaranteed to occur?

Why do we allow the expected to derail our potential?

From my own research and experience working as a productivity coach, I have noticed that it isn't so much about what we do or don't do, but rather who we are being.

We let distractions derail our productivity because we haven’t figure out how to BE someone that isn’t controlled by distractions.

You see, most of us are so used to being distracted that if enough time goes by where we aren’t externally distracted, we go ahead and distract ourselves. This is why you’ll reach for your

phone in the middle of writing an email - even though you haven’t received a notification. When what’s expected doesn’t happen, we make it happen ourselves.

For most people, including my clients, distractions are akin to an addiction - and like any addiction, it takes commitment, self-compassion, and intrinsic motivation to overcome.

Essentially, you have to consciously decide to become someone else, someone who is in control, instead of someone who is being controlled.

You need to choose to evolve from being a Distraction Addict (living reactively, a Puppet at the mercy of time and distractions) to a Flow State Addict (living proactively, the Master of your time & attention).

When we are addicted to distractions, we are BEING A PUPPET that lives reactively: our attention is marionetted and we are trapped by the strings of time.

But when we are a Flow State Addict, we are BEING THE PUPPET MASTER: we orchestrate an experience of expansive creativity (attention management), playing with the present moment with freedom and joy (time management).

So how do we do it? How do we ascend from being the Puppet, addicted to distractions and trapped by time, to become the Puppet Master? How do we make attention and time our puppets so that our new addiction is FLOW?

We do this by limiting the power those inevitable distractions have over us.

We need to develop the ability to disempower distractions, and the way I see it, there are 3 D's to disempowering distractions:

  1. Deter

  2. Diffuse

  3. Dismantle

When we learn how to effectively deter, diffuse, and dismantle distractions