Habit Change

Our obsession with distraction

OUR OBSESSION WITH DISTRACTION

Why do we love it so much?

The habit of distraction is one of the most universal habits that keep goals out of reach. Yes, distraction is a habit. One we all practice. It forms so organically many times without notice. It’s time to be aware and take some pretty simple, proactive steps to avoid it.

Download the removing distraction blueprint to for some steps you can take to remove distraction and clear a path to your goal. Here are a couple of the most common distractions we face.


Multitasking

The most common justification for distraction is multitasking. It is in fact possible to do two things at once. You can sing a song and do the dishes at the same time because neither requires complete focus. You already know where that plate goes and you’ve sung that song 100 times. But, the human mind does not have the capacity to focus on two things at once.

Multitasking is more of an inability to focus than it is an ability to do many things at once. It’s rapid task switching and the more you switch tasks the harder it is to get back to where you were when the time comes to switch again.

Multitasking is just like any other habit. There’s a trigger, response and reward. When you find yourself multitasking determine your trigger, response and reward. Be aware of how multitasking makes you feel. Start today by clicking below and start becoming aware of your habits and find out how to get out of the bad habit of multitasking.

Want to read some great insight into multitasking? Go here to see what James Clear, an insightful and inspirational writer on many subjects, has to say.

Technology

Trigger: Email/social media/(your chosen app) notification

Response: Check email/social media/(your chosen app)

Reward: I now know what that mysterious notification was about and I don’t feel the anxiety of missing something.

When was the last time this happened to you? Part of the greatness of our current technology is our ability to stay connected—to anything we choose. It’s also one of the greatest attacks on productivity. Let’s be clear. It’s not email, social media or any other technology that is inherently the problem. It’s the constant “ping” of these technologies that demand our attention and create their own suite of habits.

Without realizing it, we sacrifice what we want to become for what we want to be included on. And the worst part? Will power will never be enough to stop.

Do the following two things right now. Don’t justify why you can’t. Do you want to change your life? You can’t just change the outcome. You have to change what you’re doing to affect the outcome.

Turn off notifications on everything

Seeing that little icon or hearing that ping is one of the strongest triggers we have. It’s why people text and drive even though they know how dangerous it is. Turn off visual and audible notifications for everything.

Plan distractions

Schedule no more than 4 times a day (we recommend once) when you’ll check your tech. Be especially strict with email. Batch email reading and replies into predetermined portions of your day then shut it down. Want to be especially non-distracted? Limit social media to once a day or eliminate it completely. Want to get the most out of eliminating distractions? Don’t check anything early in the morning or even before you’ve accomplished something that contributes to your big goal.

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How to Create a Habit

ARE NEW HABITS REALLY THAT DIFFICULT TO FORM?

Follow these steps and take the need for motivation and discipline out of the equation.
You can create any habit you wish and do it for life.

 


 

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Habit Change at the Core

HABIT CHANGE AT THE CORE

You drift and before you realize it, you’re dreaming.

A bright orange flag ripples slightly in the morning breeze as a white sun climbs a sea of blue. You can’t see it clearly; it has been driven into the soft soil hidden in the thick brush some distance from you. You decided where the flag would be planted and you’ve committed to taking hold of it. Time moves forward and you’re constrained by the passage of it—you’ve got to get started.

As you take a step forward the ground in front of you gives way to an overwhelming rush of frigid, muddy water that extends into the distant horizon. You spend the time you’ve given yourself staring into the angry rapids, occasionally wading into the current to test its strength against your own. Its unyielding surge overcomes your commitment to feeling the soft orange cloth between your fingers and you retreat to the safety of the shore. Your motivation won’t get you across and discouragement sets in. It’s too difficult to reach the flag to claim your victory so instead you lay on the damp earth, defeated.

 

We all share this story in our lives. At one time or another we’ve felt the defeat of not reaching our goals. But what are goals, really? Aren’t they just destinations we’ve rarely or never been to? Since we’ve never been we don’t know how to get there and the steady flow of our current habits keeps us from reaching our new destination.

That’s the importance of habit change being at the core of setting and achieving goals—your motivation is rarely sufficient to cross the rapids of the habits that stand in your way. And what’s more is that your future self won’t have enough motivation either. Defining and developing new habits that create a bridge to your destination is the only constant way to achieve your goals.

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