When it is time for you to do your work - you have certain tools that you need. Imagine a roofer who went to work without any of his special tools.  Or what if a mechanic made a special house call - but didn’t bring along any tools?  How stupid would either of these be?  We’d wonder what in the world was going on in these people’s minds…

Yet, we often do essentially the same thing. We don’t get ourselves organized enough to actually focus and accomplish our project goals.

If you are a teacher or professor, imagine yourself sitting down to grade papers.  There you are with a stack of essays, projects, or exams that you need to read, respond to, and record grades for.  Now, what if you had seated yourself to grade these papers - and you realized that you don’t have the writing implement you need.  You could then distract yourself by getting up to get one. While on the way to retrieve a pen or pencil, you figure you might as well check in on a colleague, and once you’re there, maybe you peruse her bookshelf and then you see a book that you were thinking of ordering… So when you get back to your office, you get online and see if you can find it for half-price. Oh, about those papers….

Here’s another possible scenario: Imagine you are preparing a 30-minute presentation to do at the next board meeting. To make progress on this project means you will be working with some budget numbers and with mock-up materials on your proposed project. You also like to have your favorite notepaper handy, where you can jot down key points as you think of them. And, you’ll be wanting a copy of the board’s mission statement that was recently revised.

If you sit down to work on the presentation, but haven’t assembled what you need - then you will distract yourself by getting up several times - or even giving up because you get so frustrated with the miniature portions of time you’re focusing before you interrupt (i.e., distract) yourself again.

So, before getting started on your work, as much as possible, consider what you need and gather or assemble those tools and resources so you can dive into your project and stay focused on that.

Get a Plan! Guide - Dealing with and Deflecting Distractions by Meggin McIntosh, PhD

And for more strategies to deal with distractions you may be interested in the Get a Plan! Guide® for Dealing with and Deflecting Distractions part of the Get a Plan! Guides® series designed so that so that you can accomplish your goals more smoothly, i.e., peacefully, productively, and predictably.http://getaplanguide.com/publications/dealing-with-deflecting-distractions/

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