Killing Distractions: My Quest to Get Things Done

I bet you have had days when you simply couldn’t get anything done.

Maybe you spent too much time watching your Facebook feed, or maybe you couldnt find a way to peel yourself away from reading your favorite blog.

Or maybe you have found yourself working on a task when suddenly a new idea takes shape in your mind. Not wanting to lose the inspiration, you immediately set out on this new task, leaving the previous one unfinished.

Nothing gets accomplished.

A combination of a lack of focus and bad habits can really put a dent in your productivity.

Well, some days ago, as I prepared to leave work, I decided that enough was enough. I seriously needed to get rid of all the distractions that was keeping me from hitting my targets.

It Is So Easy To Get Distracted These Days

There are simply so many things happening around us right now that it is just so easy to lose track of what you are supposed to be doing.

As I was actually writing this post, I managed to waste even more time by checking my Facebook page, my inbox and my phone. Clearly, this is not going to be easy.


It is possible to get focused and lose the distractions.

At least that’s what I found out when I decided I needed to do something about my own personal distractions.

Deciding that I finally had to get out of this rut, I immediately set out to do six or seven things at once (old habits ARE hard to break).

    1. I checked my Facebook page.
    2. Opened and read through about five pages of the book I was currently reading.
    3. Found this article on the New York Times on how meditation creates focus.
    4. Did some actual office work.
    5. Checked my blogs.

Obviously, it took a while to get anything done. but when I finally did, I decided that were were a couple of things that I wanted to try.

I was hoping that these would eventually lead me to get more things done.

So you see, I again managed to complete an entire cycle of what I have come to call as “time sucking.”  Or simply stuff that I do that get me absolutely nowhere but takes away all of this precious time from me.

“Let Us Begin”

So to make things simple for me, I decided that there are three things that I have to do to be more productive.

  • Step 1: Learn to Focus – Start something and don’t stop until you finish it. People are very lousy at multitasking. This has to be our top priority.
  • Step 2: Break Bad Habits – There are rituals in our lives that have no real benefit. These have to go.
  • Step 3: Develop Good Habits – There are so many things that we can do to make ourselves better. We need to start doing these on a regular basis.

I needed to prioritize getting focused because over the past several months, I have been walking around with so many ideas that I think would really be great to execute. There is a product I want to develop with a friend, and there is a book that I want to write. And then there are a couple of other websites that would be fun to get started.

But guess what?

I have not done anything about any of these new and exciting ideas. They’re just sitting there and someday someone with a stronger drive will execute those ideas.

If You Thirst For Success, You Need to Execute

So, based on some other book that I read (and we will be talking about this soon), plenty of things can happen by simply changing one very keystone habit. In my case, I decided that focus is my key to success.

If I can keep myself focused on the things that have to be done, I will get to where I want to be.

The Solution: Meditation

Yup. Meditation works.

I was thinking that it would be great to tell the entire story in one go but I noticed that the entire post was starting to get extremely long so I decided that to cut up each step into it’s own post so I get more space (and some leeway from you, the reader).

So, that is it for now. We will get into Step 1 in my next post.

In the meantime, I’d like to know what is keeping you distracted? I have a feeling we have plenty in common (like constantly checking out a website that starts with an F, ends with a K).

Let me know, and also maybe share what you think would be a great way to get rid of these distractions.

Till next time.

The Cubicle Hugger



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