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We all have our favorite way to procrastinate, our favorite source of distraction. For some it is the television, phone calls to friends, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. When practiced consciously and with some applied restrictions, all of the above can be healthy ways to keep in touch with people or to relax. Being aware of your habits is the first step.
There are a lot of ways you can gain control over your distractions. First ask yourself a few questions. How easily distracted are you? Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10. For a week or more, watch your patterns and take notes. When did you feel the biggest desire to procrastinate? Is there a certain time of day or a particular project? Think about others things you cannot control such as the weather, people, outside noise, etc. And when do you feel most motivated to work or what makes you feel the most excited? Sources of energy and inspiration are as equally important to know. Keep these notes in an easy to locate place.
The practice of awareness alone will help you gain control over the diversions. The next time you are feeling unmotivated check your notes and ask yourself if anything you wrote applies. Start to develop ways to counteract the things that are holding you back. Are the outside noises of your apartment particularly loud at a particular time of day? Maybe this would be a great time to hit the gym. Or maybe you live downtown and there is no pattern to the noise. Discover a new alternative place that you can easily access on super noisy days. Perhaps sometimes the distractions are needed as a way to recharge and regroup. That’s great. Set a timer or an alert on your phone allowing yourself a designated amount of time on Facebook or on the phone with a super motivating friend. Take charge of how long you allow for the distraction.
Once you start tracking your patterns and acknowledging the control you already have but are not already utilizing such as sleep patterns, diet and rest days, you will find yourself in less moments of stress and panic. This awareness helps develop trust in yourself and confidence. Less time will be spent thinking about what you have not finished or fussing about your lack of motivation. More time will be spent getting good things done!
Shelly Kerry — Lightbox SF
Shelly Kerry is the founder of the program Creating Space, Mindful Living – motivating and inspiring people to run their businesses more efficiently. She helps others look at their personal and professional lives and explore what is and isn’t working. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – healthy living advice to help keep you motivated and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find both the physical and emotional space so you can pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself.
Shelly writes guest posts on living your best life on well-known blogs such as Kanelstrand, Handmade Success and Awfully Grand and is pursuing a Core Strengths coaching certificate through San Francisco State University.
You can find Creating Space on Facebook or contact Shelly at lightboxsf.com