“By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.” ~Christopher Columbus
By Ed Turose
Most people’s daily routines are interrupted by distractions.
In a recent poll respondents were asked this simple question: "What holds you back most at seeing greater results?"
The possible responses were:
1) Lack of Clear Goals
The first place result?
At 56%, distractions was more than 5 times higher than the second place response.
We live in a world full of distractions that hinders most of us from staying focused on what we mean to accomplish. As I have stated before, I believe the greatest thief of success is the lack of focus. Distractions are consuming our lives daily and affecting our management of time. Distractions cause derailment.
Derailment causes depression.
Depression leads to defeat.
RescueTime, a company that creates time management and productivity software, states many people "waste" countless hours on their computers. RescueTime ranks the top online distractions by calculating the amount of time spent on each site. Using their data, I have listed the top five most distracting websites where people tend to spend the most time.
1. Facebook – Not a big surprise as the world's largest social network. It could also be the Internet's largest time sink, with the average time spent per person per day: 17.94 minutes.
2. YouTube – Whether it's watching an entertainer or the latest homegrown viral video, it is another top Internet temptation with the average time spent per person per day: 9.58 minutes.
3. Facebook Applications – Internet users spend more than 39 million hours just using Farmville, Mafia Wars and other Facebook applications with an average time spent per person per day: 17.55 minutes.
4. Twitter – Even though the popular micro-blogging service is listed among the top five online distractions, Low said it could actually be underrepresented because so many Twitter users use third-party services to post and read tweets with the average time spent per person per day: 5.83 minutes.
5. Amazon – Unsurprisingly, online mega-retailer Amazon ranks high on the list of Internet diversions with the average time spent per person per day: 4.28 minutes.
The word distract means to turn aside, to stir up or confuse with conflicting motives or emotions, to draw or direct in different directions at the same time. Dr. Kevin Elko, leading sports psychologist, says, “In order to stay focused you have got to keep the main thing the main thing.” You cannot allow distractions, disturbances, or disruptions to come in and take you away from the main objective you are focusing on.
Just recently a professional hockey team was expected to win the Stanley Cup and was down 2 games to 1 in the best of a seven game playoff. Dr. Elko’s response was to “focus on the things you can control to get the momentum flowing your way.” For example, in hockey when you are out there against your competition, win that particular shift and win the minutes while you are on the ice. In football, execute one play then another and another and before long the momentum shifts your way and leads you to a victory. Get rid of reason because anything can happen if you focus and execute. Here are a few practical tools that can help you achieve a greater level of success and focus on using your time in a more productive manner.
· Focus on the main area you are trying to get a result in.
· Focus on one objective at a time, set specific goals that are bite size pieces of your main objective.
· Execute the strategies that you need to do to obtain that objective.
· Win a day of focusing, win a week at staying focused and the next 40 days of focus will soon bring you a victory in accomplishing what you set out to do.
The Word of God reveals the following areas where we can waste our time in worrying according to Mark 4.19: Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. (AMP)
1. Daily cares of your personal life— A care is something that divides the mind or is a suffering of the mind. It denotes distractions, anxieties, burdens, and worries. It means to be anxious about daily life. It is a disquieted state of mixed uncertainty, apprehension and responsibility. For example, when the economy has a downturn, unemployment rises, and personal finances are affected, then the cares around us become a major distraction and affect every aspect of our life.
2. Desire for other things— I have seen people who just have to have the newest technology or more material possessions instead of paying off their bills first and providing food on their table. This can be a major distraction when we have such a desire for other things and do not stay focused during tough economic times to cut back. When I lost my job we stayed focused on our budget and did not allow our minds to wander about obtaining the "new" thing that would keep us from accomplishing the bigger picture of becoming debt free.
In order to better control your time, you need to get in a focused environment and identify those “time wasters” that steal your time and distract you on a daily basis. Once you begin to identify these areas it will be easier to create an action plan to reduce or eliminate these distractions. However, you have to make a decision to change. Your will is very strong, but you must be willing to make a quality decision to adjust how you spend your time in order to see greater results.
The greatest way to eliminate distractions is to be held accountable by someone else. Find an accountability partner so you can share with them the areas you want to change and identify ways that they can support you through the process. Focus on what you can control and win this day by staying focused. If you win this day by not being distracted, you can win the week and begin to create a lifestyle of focus. If you feel you are being consumed by social media, then take a break and shut off your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for a period of time until you get control over these distractions. When you eliminate a few of these distractions, you will begin gain back valuable minutes that will add up to hours and days to be used in fulfilling areas of your life to fulfill your destiny.
Ed Turose has over 30 plus years of business experience as a people manager trainer, and strategic planner for two Fortune 500 Companies, Uni-Lever and the Coca-Cola Company.
Utilizing the gifting of exhortation and empowerment, Ed bridges the gap between the workplace and ministry. Ed Turose is President of Focus 40, a marketing, training, and strategic planning consultancy serving corporate, government, and nonprofit clients which offers strategic business solutions that will increase profitability, productivity and efficiency.
He has authored a book and workbook series entitled, “The Focus Fulfilled Life” which helps individuals to get focused to achieve better and greater results and many other marketplace resources. Contact Information