I podcasted a few days ago about the ‘first distraction’. That’s the one simple small thing that takes your focus away from what you intended to do, only to then gain momentum and size like a snowball rolling down a hill, until next thing you know an hour and a half has seemingly disappeared mostly unaccounted for. This happened to me the day of the podcast and so many other days before. And just today, it’s such an easy trap to fall in to, though I have avoided it so far as proof that I’m writing this now. Along with getting up early enough to enjoy the first shades of light outside, blogging first thing is extremely important to the productivity of my morning. As I sat down at the dinning room table and fired up my laptop, distractions entered my mind trying to work their way to my fingers and then the keyboard. I was tempted to make a quick tweak to another website I’ve been super excited about and working on for the past few days especially since it was the first thing that popped up on my screen when I launched chrome. It would just taken a minute. I was temped to look up a song I liked that played at 2:50 yesterday afternoon on a local radio station website. And I wonder how Portland Trail Blazers are doing, that would just take a minute. Even after resisting those, entering propelday.com in the browser and then signing in to the admin panel, it was hard to not check the recent stats of visitors that hopefully have been continuing to increase in response to our recent google ads campaign.
Instead of any of that though, I went straight to ‘new post’ and started writing. Such a simple seemingly small and easy decision to make. Yet it’s even easier not to make. But giving attention to that first distraction will most likely be detrimental to the task at hand and too often the rest of the day. In fact, I can’t think of anything that compounds quicker, takes on a life of it’s own more easily, than distraction. Which is why it’s imperative to avoid the first one. Especially at the beginning of your intended task. Dismiss the temptations and just get started with what you know you should be doing. You don’t even have to commit to doing it for the next hour, but just get started. Even this can minimize the power that distraction has on us.
Listen to the podcast: