As we rolled into 2015 armed with new goals, a fresh start, encouraged hearts, sunshine and lollipops I unloaded a bunch of online distractions one by one.
- Unsubscribed to newsletters I could no longer keep up with.
- I canceled subscriptions to blog RSS feeds that no longer served me.
- I left online groups that I was not actively involved with.
- I eliminated virtually all online notifications (yep, email, Twitter, Facebook, just to name a few). I started first with any audible notification, then gradually phased out visible notification I did not need by adjusting settings.
As for my phone, many times during the day, I have to stop to find it if I need it. It is not permanently affixed to my hand. I made a decision a few years ago that I did not want to be that person who didn’t pay attention to the people I was with because I was too busy distracting myself with the toys on my phone.
I recently discovered a new distraction on my horizon–checking things out! Yes, I’m checking out how things are done and comparing and checking some more and the cycle continues. The problem with this is it is just distracting me from actually getting things done that I need to do for my business.
You can attend all the webinars, teleseminars, conferences, hangouts, you name it, that you want BUT at some point you have to apply what you are checking out and hopefully learning. I wrote a blog post about something similar which you can read here.
Before I close this post out, I want to share one more thing with you. I downloaded a Chrome extension called the News Feed Eradicator which helps to clear your mind and clear your news feed while you are on Facebook. Keep in mind, small changes can add up to big results. Check it out here and visit my Facebook page to let me know what you think about it. So, what’s distracting you from what you need to be doing?