If You’re Distracted, You Can Re-Focus

Welcome to June – so far this month I have celebrated my 39th birthday (along with fellow Gemini Wendy!), signed up for a store on Etsy.com (products are coming!) and actually passed out a few of my For Your Adornment business cards.

Distraction keeps me reeling all day every day. Just a few that have hit this week are the last minute homework assignments before finals – Teenage boys are kings at finding distractions. My husband who is never sick, is very sick – Not his fault but 2 trips to Longs today are a bit of a distraction.

During the constant pull, here are a few things that may help spread out the hours, and just maybe let you slip something productive in.

1. Find the time: No matter how packed the day, spending 15 minutes on the treadmill, turning off the TV for half and hour. My new one is hopping on the treadmill instead of drinking my coffee and reading. I can always have coffee at the desk. All day.

2. Turn it off: Instant hot chocolate, movies on demand… these are great inventions to feed the distractions. Want to eek out a little more time? Turn off the pop-up AND sound on your email. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

3. Do it once: Have you ever carried the same item around the house, moving it from one place to another throughout a day/week/month? I consider this a huge sign of distraction. One of the best books I read on Fung Shei talked about this and I can tell you that the extra 30-60 seconds of taking it where it needs to be will free up the mind.

4. Let it go: Does your current task fit into your goals for your dream? I am so good at screwing up this one.  I need this reminder tattooed on my hand to keep me in line.  Tell me I’m not the only one that has actually started housework in order to avoid the next step in my plan.

A very cool concept of slowing down is provided by Carl Honore on TED. This is a funny and poignant look at distraction and our need for instant gratification.

Enjoy the beginning of summer, Heather

(Heather’s dream is to have multiple streams of income, starting with launching an e-commerce website that showcases her one-of-a-kind designer jewelry, which are crafted by her.  Heather’s post day is Thursday and her soon to be launched jewelry site is For Your Adornment)

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Heather’s dream is to share with the world her success at becoming healthy after age 40. Heather lost over 88 pounds through changing her diet and incorporating exercise into her busy life. She would like to take what she has learned about becoming fit after 40, and using her Metabolic Training Certification to help others struggling with weight issues mid-life. Heather’s post day is Monday.
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  • Gary Patton

    I have trouble focusing, let alone refocusing!

  • Heather_M

    If you all saw the spider that distracted me the Publish button would be the last thing on your mind :)

  • Dawnda

    I was reading and laughing and then Catherine’s comment made me come right out and giggle. I was worried something was wrong so am glad to hear it was just the publish button that was hiding.

  • Veronica

    I was laughing after listening to the you tube man, but then I read Catherine’s comment and I really chuckled thanks.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    I am laughing because in order for your post to show my dear you have to hit PUBLISH.

    I’m guessing you got distracted.