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Avoiding Distractions

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Avoiding Distractions

Postby terrapin719 » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:50 pm

Even after 8 years working at home I still get distracted pretty easily. When I had an actual office that was it's own room, avoiding distractions was a little easier. But, I don't have that where we are now, so it's a bit easier to get distracted being in the dining room -lol-

What are your best techniques for staying focused with the hustle and bustle of family like going on around you?
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Postby Mel » Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:04 pm

Headphones and rock and roll music.

My biggest distraction though is looking out the window at the wildlife. We live in the country and get all kinds of wildlife in our yard and I'm always snapping pictures. Sometimes I have to close the curtains in order to get any work done.
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Postby angienewton » Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:08 pm

I have no techniques because I have the same problem with distractions AND I don't have kids LOL Should be easy for me right? Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say.

Melody, it's funny you mention taking pictures of wildlife. Just the other day, I saw such a cute bird outside I had to snap a pic of it. Then of course my Basset Hound and cat do cute things so then I need to take pictures of them and play too. Haha
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Postby lisamariemary » Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:10 pm

When family life gets too hectic around me and I really need to keep working, I put on my headphones with classical music.
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Postby sct100 » Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:15 pm

I get distracted by reading. I find something interesting on the web and before I know it, I have spent a couple of hours reading about whatever it is.
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Postby lisamariemary » Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:18 pm

sct100 wrote:I get distracted by reading. I find something interesting on the web and before I know it, I have spent a couple of hours reading about whatever it is.


That's a big 10-4!!! Oh my goodness - if I could just 'turn off the internet' so I could get some 'work done on the internet' it would be so super groovy! :P
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Postby Dan484 » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:54 pm

Try to have your office area divided off or in a separate room. You should work for and hour and then take a short 5 min break to stand, stretch, and relax. This helps you feel refreshed and focused to get back to work. What everyone else said: music is a great motivator. When you plan your day do the toughest tasks first so towards the end of the day you are doing what you enjoy most.
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Postby tknoppe » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:24 pm

I turn off my distractions: email, Twitter, Skype, etc.... and WORK. I also put a sign on my office door DO NOT DISTURB. ;) I have online peeps comment that I'm *still* on Do Not Disturb on Skype - uh, yeah - I don't want to be disturbed. LOL
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Postby createyourdream » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:38 pm

Really good topic! The main reason why it takes me so long to get anything done in my online biz is that I basically do productive tasks at times when family isn't around or doesn't need my attention... It is good in that it does give me my own framework for what I do and why I do it.

As soon as I have a "chunk" of time, I have to go into high gear really quickly to produce what I can. It gets frustrating when high gear eludes me and I just start spinning my wheels. I do think that the forum helps me to focus on MOST IMPORTANT THINGS (MIT's) to spend time on, though.

I can move into business frame of mind easier when I'm reminded of how productive others are able to be when they focus. I can get tips here, and see results of people doing what they set out to do. What others are doing on their goals encourages me, especially if I go to this forum before I visit twitter & other social sites (without a clear purpose) or check my rss feeds.

back to it - procrastinating no more - aweber autoresonder series to write next.
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Postby lisamariemary » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:33 pm

OMG, this is so funny! I had this topic open in a tab....going through the forum, right? Clicked over to something else and forgot ALL about being here - now it's an hour later! LOL!!!

I got distracted while reading the distraction thread! Classic! :D
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Postby angienewton » Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:24 pm

:lol: @ Lisa Marie (you crack me up!)

Dan, great tips! I really need to take breaks and start with toughest tasks first.
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Postby lisamariemary » Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:37 pm

You know what helps a LOT of the time?? And I used to tell my mom this when I was doing my homework, too - and she thought I was just a wise-talking, scamming teenager (cuz I was, tho this was true) - just turning music on!

Doesn't have to be headphones - doesn't have to be classical...in fact, sometimes some 'pop' upbeat music gets me going.

But if my brain has 'something to do' while I work...hahahaha!! My brain is a toddler that I have to keep busy!

Keeps my durn brain busy and I can focus....

(BTW, my mom totally gets me today - she understands my ADD better than I do!)
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Postby Moneycatchers » Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:01 am

Ah Yes Distraction.

I'm not sure about this But do dogs have Off buttons you can press I looked but I have not found one yet or even a mute button would do maybe I could reprogram the TV remote hit mute when the dog Barks at nothing.


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Postby tknoppe » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:44 am

I keep looking too Ian. Can't find one. Worse, they have built-in alarm clocks that you can't adjust either and mine are set to go off at an ungodly early hour of the day.
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Postby terrapin719 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:45 am

Glad to see I'm in good company here. I am just so easily distracted sometimes.

My husband asked me one night, "What did you do when you were managing the office and you were on a schedule?"

I said, "Remember all those nights I stayed an extra hour?" :lol:

You know, they say that even though most people work 8 hour days, that only 2 or 3 of those hours are truly productive hours. We spend time doing other things, chatting with coworkers, daydreaming, snacking, shuffling through papers, etc...
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