Hey folks! I am back and I apologize for the disappearance for some time. Talk about focus and minimizing distractions, these are my confessions…..
A month ago I started a new position at my place of employment. I was so excited and could not wait to start my new work. Now I knew that this was going to be a busier role than the previous one but, I did not realize that it would literally consume my time.
You see, I’m that girl. You know the one that sets the standards so high for herself that it is almost unattainable? The one who acts as though there is no learning curve… lol. I am always so hard on myself because I don’t want to be seen as a slacker. Well, this position has definitely taught me not be so hard on myself. And because I was using after work hours and the weekends to learn my work, my blog life started to be affected. I share with you in complete transparency that sometimes I have a problem focusing on pressing tasks and I let life and other things/people distract me.
In the last few days I have been changing a few things to help me focus on what needs to be done for that day. I’m going to share 3 things that I have decided to implement. It is still a work in progress and I am trying to hold myself accountable daily.
NO PHONE ZONE
We all know that our phones are very distracting. How many times have you picked your phone up to do one thing, but then you find yourself on it for at least 20 minutes and you still didn’t do what you originally picked it up for. So because I know that my phone can, will and IS very distracting for me I leave it upstairs when I work. I set it on ‘do not disturb’ and have my exceptions that will ring to my watch. Now before you persecute me, these exceptions are family and family only! They all live out-of-town so they are the only ones that need to be able to get through during “DND” moments. What I have learned is that all other texts and calls can be returned AFTER my work is done. I chose this as the very first thing to do when working because when my friends text me, I feel like I have to answer right away and depending on the nature of the text it could very well be another half an hour or more before I get back to what I was doing. Unknowingly, I allow others to distract me when I need to get things done and the reality of it is I can always return calls and messages when I am done working. And really, if it’s a true emergency they will call 911. I am learning how to stop allowing others to make their emergencies my emergencies; after all, it is causing unnecessary distractions.
Ever since I can remember I am rarely able to read leisurely, study, do homework or any kind of work in pure silence. In my five years in college, I can count on one hand (with fingers left over) how many times I actually made it to Lupton Library on UTC campus..lol. #DontJudgeMe
It’s just that complete silence for me is detrimental to the completion of any tasks. When working I must have some music or a book in order for me to stay focused. For some reason complete silence makes my mind wander on everything other than the task at hand, so I make sure that I have jazz music playing while writing or working. Jazz is calming and soothing but lively enough to make sure I am not so relaxed that I am ready to fall asleep. It also keeps me from singing because for the most part it’s instrumentals only. I am not the best singer however, if I know the song I will grace you with my voice and that is not what we want especially at work…lol. I don’t think those who sit around me would really appreciate me singing.
STEP AWAY AND REFOCUS
Sometimes when you stare at something for so long, your mind starts to fade into something else. I also find that everything starts to look the same and I am not as efficient as I was when I first started the task. I find this true when I am writing or working on my daytime work. A coworker of mine has a quote up that says something along the lines of ‘Can’t figure it out, get up walk away, get a snack and try again.’ This has got to be the best advice and no, not because of the get a snack part. Honestly, when you take a break from it upon your return you have fresh eyes and you are able to see your mistakes or the solution becomes clearer. I am learning to do this more and more each day and it is helping.
These are just a few things that I have decided to implement for me to help me be more attentive and accomplish the goals that I have before me each day. I know that we are all different and that these tactics may not necessarily work for you but, there is something we can all do differently to attack distractions. Share with me some things that you do to keep distractions to a minimum..
As stated, these are my confessions and I will do better. Will you hold me accountable to make sure that I am beating distractions and that it is not vice versa?
Till next time folks!
I’m Rose Kehinde, founder of Rose Colored Lenses. My mission and goal is to create a platform that allows us to help each other on this journey called life. As you read from me, you will see my heart and in turn I hope to see yours as well. This journey called life requires us all to work together.