Beating Back Distractions

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I love being distracted. And I'm surprisingly good at rationalizing why, instead of working on one of my actual projects, my iTunes playlists need to be cleared out. Or my bathroom needs to be cleaned. Or any number of other trivial things. Creating a good space to work is important, but it can easily become a distraction to keep any work from actually happening.

The one thing that keeps me in check is this constant thought that runs through my head:

"How bad do I want to reach my goals?" 

I think this thought because I know that if I really want to change my position, I'm going to have to focus, concentrate on making the necessary changes and sacrifices, and do what needs to be done because that's what's going to get me to my goals.

Often times, I know exactly what I need to be doing, and it's just a matter of actually doing it. So I have to kick myself into gear. And for me, the best way to do that is to envision that goal, see myself there, and know that I'm going to have to work my butt off to get there or else it's not going to happen. There will be a thousand steps, setbacks, and mini-victories along the way, but that's what it's going to take.

The longer I wait to do what needs to be done, the longer I'm going to have to wait to realize my goals. It's as simple as that.

In six months, do I want to be in the same place I am now?  No. But if I don't get going, I will be.

I know others who have different methods. There are those who use accountability by including others into their plans as a source of focus. This is often a great motivator for exercise goals, but can be used for other types as well.

Scheduling time for working on tasks every day or week works for others. Knowing that there is a set time that you have committed to working on a project can free you up to focus on it and nothing else.

Whatever it is, figuring out the best way to fight excuses and distractions is one of the best things you can do to increase your chances of success.

What are the methods you use for beating back distractions?

- Ryan