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How do I stop getting distracted so easily so I can get things done



How do I stop getting distracted so easily so I can get things done

It has been said that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  We know the things that we ought to do but we don’t do them.  We know the things that we should not do but we do them anyway.  What is going on?  My list of things to do and habits that I want to form grows every day and I am eager to get things done.  There is nothing I love more than checking things off of my  “to do” list.  But for some reason I often find myself distracted and when the day is done little is accomplished.  I must change that if I hope to ultimately be successful.  Here are four things that you can do to catapult yourself out of the world of distraction and get some things done.

How do I stop getting distracted so easily so I can get things done

Discover what distracts you

I once saw a commercial about how to quit smoking. Several years before I had already given up the habit but the commercial was catchy and the lessons have come in handy in many other objectives so it has stayed with me.  One of those lessons was to journal as soon as you realize that you are smoking or in our case being distracted.  Too often the entire day has passed and I honestly don’t remember what caused me to be so far behind.  But if I journal throughout the day and honestly write down what I was doing in twenty minute intervals I will likely discover what it is that is slowing me down.  Maybe I chatted with my buddy for over forty minutes.

It only seemed like five because we were having fun and the conversation was interesting.  But nope, I lost forty minutes there.  Then I did a quick check on Facebook and was there for twenty minutes.  Now you can justify any and all distractions but the purpose of journaling is to identify where your time is going.  Are you distracted by hunger pains when it gets close to lunch?  Are there sounds or other items that might be distracting you?

Is your boss distracting you by asking too many questions during the development of the project phase?  Again do not take time to analyze the situation.  You just need to discover what the distractions are so that you can again become the productive employee or person that you want to be.  Keep this going not only in your work day but throughout the evening, right until you go to bed.  Write down what time you are going to bed as well as when you wake up.  Once you have the a full week’s worth of journal entries recording what you were doing it in twenty minute intervals you can analyze the data and come up with a plan.


Make a plan

Now that you have some solid data to work with, sit down and think through what you are learning about yourself.  First let me say way to go on establishing this discipline of journaling.  That was impressive.  But now all of that work will be worthless if you don’t make a plan it was all for nothing.  What was distracting you last week?  Arrange to meet with your friends after work or make appointments for them. Avoid Facebook unless it is very specifically job related.  Have healthy snacks so that hunger does not distract you.  Ask your boss for a meeting to set up a schedule of when would be the most optimal time for him to receive updates on projects.   At home consider things that you can do to make yourself more successful.  One example that I had to implement is to put my phone in my home office and then I will check it every hour or two.

When I kept the phone close I was distracted from hanging out with my family.  Are there things that I can set up that will make me more productive tomorrow?  Do I have the right clothes, clean and ready to use tomorrow?  I like to set up the coffee pot at night when I am still fully awake rather than fumble around trying to set it up in the morning.  Did you stay up late several times watching television or movies? Did this seem to impact your ability to focus the next day?  Regardless of what you discover, set up a plan to limit the power of your distractions.


Put the plan in action and Clear the Clutter

Now that you have a plan.  Put it into action.  The plan does no good sitting next to your planner or in your planner if you will not take action.  Secondarily you can also look around and see what you can do about the larger environment.  I once read a report that indicated that we spend the equivalent of 2 hours a day looking for things.  This can be files on your computer or your socks.  Regardless, putting away the clutter can make a huge difference in your ability to get things done.

Experiment and try new things to overcome the distractions.  Don’t give up if something does not seem to work.  Keep trying new approaches.  Maybe your boss feels like she should be able to interrupt you at any point in the process.  You may need to find a different way to sell the idea of a plan to her.  Your friend may love to come and regale you with stories of the adventure of parenting and ignore your pleas for moments of no distractions.  Again sell it to him a different way.  After you run this way for a couple of weeks you may want to do the journaling exercise again and look for other distractions that might be holding you back.


Know yourself

A critical step in this whole process is taking the time to know yourself.  I know people who function great and get things done while they watch a movie or listen to the radio.  I am not that person.  I like to have several projects going at once and as I run out of creative steam with one idea I can switch to another.  Someone else would flounder with such a plan.  The point is that you must know the best version of yourself functions.   Know yourself and apply that knowledge as you create your plan to live distraction free.


Living distraction free or more honestly in our modern, loud world, living with less distraction will enable you to accomplish so much more.  No longer will you wonder what happened to your day.  You will be living healthier and more productive in all areas of your life.  Soon you will be the hero of your industry.

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3 small steps that could make the biggest impact on your life



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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”Lao Tzu

Every day that passes by, there is someone who is living a life that does not fuel their passion or purpose. Each moment feels like they are just existing or living life by accident. This could be due to fear of change, or limiting beliefs within them that say “you’re not worthy” or “I don’t deserve to be successful”.

It could be a number of things. Believe it or not, I used to be this person. I was stuck in a 9-5 job, in a 7-year relationship that was emotionally draining, and I was 75 lbs. overweight.

Then came that ONE day that would forever change my life. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw what I had become. I didn’t recognize myself. I immediately burst into tears. This was NOT the life I wanted to live. I had neglected the most important person in my world: ME. 

It was then that I had to make an important choice. I decided to take the first step towards creating the life I would often dream about. That very next day, I promised myself that I would do just one thing that made me feel more connected to the goals I wanted to accomplish.

Not two or three. Just one. It didn’t matter how small it was. The point was it was a small step in the RIGHT direction. This has led me to the level of success that I am at today.

Here are three small steps that will help you make that same important decision and transform your life.


3 Small Steps That Could Make a Big Impact In Your Life

1.) Have a heart to heart with yourself.

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Take time to get away from people, places, or things, and just spend some time with yourself. In order to truly make any step towards the success you desire, you must have a great sense of self-awareness.

What is it that you want to accomplish and why? What truly makes you happy? What are you passionate about? How will accomplishing this change your life? How would it make you feel?

Be completely honest with yourself, your thoughts, and your intentions. Having these questions in front of you will keep you from going around in circles. They will give you more clarity and vision that should help you determine which small steps you need to take.

As a result, instead of being frustrated or reluctant to leave your comfort zone, you will be more confident now that you have a plan in place.


2.) Do ONE thing everyday that is connected to your goals.

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Always remember that you don’t have to always make massive amounts of progress at one time. The important thing is that you are continuously moving in the right direction. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took consistent daily, focused action. Over time, it became one of the most celebrated cities on the planet.

We live in a world that is bombarded with messages of instant gratification. But the truth is, any level of success is the result of a daily routine of the right things done for a certain period of time. That time can vary from days, weeks, months, or even years.

However, throughout the journey, you can see that you are moving closer and closer towards your ultimate goals. Do not underestimate the power of small steps. You will find yourself accomplishing things you never thought possible (and sooner than you anticipated).


3.) Do not measure your level of success by comparing yourself to others.

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Success means something different for everyone. You must not become fixated on what media or entertainment portrays as successful. A fulfilling life is more than material possessions. Understand that you can only live the greatest life possible when you have defined what success is to you.

As you begin taking small steps and making progress, focus only on what your desired goals are. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by what others are saying, doing, or what they believe success should look like. Too often, we get caught up in what society, current trends, and what the masses portray as “I’ve made it”.

This is your life. Only YOU can determine what accomplishment, achievement, and true success means to you. In fact, one of the reasons why you may be in the position you are in is because you designed your life based on the thoughts and opinions of others. This was my case years ago.



You deserve to be great. You have greatness within you. Sometimes, that can be clouded by limiting beliefs, adversity, or just the many circumstances in life. Think about everything that has happened in your life right up until the point you are reading this article.

I want you to know that everything that happened before NO LONGER MATTERS. What matters now is that today, you have the knowledge of who you are and where you want to go. The ability to change your life is within your grasp and your power.

Today, you have the chance to begin a journey that leads to some amazing and incredible years ahead. The best part about it is that you only need to take small steps in the right direction. So take action now – your dreams are waiting for you!

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Couple Entrepreneurs: How to Make It Happen With Your Partner



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Have you always dreamed of having success as an entrepreneur? Thoughts of working for yourself, doing things you’re passionate about, and not worrying about working for someone else may linger in your mind most of the time. If you’re married, there is a chance that your partner has some of the same goals, and that means the two of you could eventually become a pair of successful entrepreneurs who motivate one another, continually work hard, and reach all kinds of goals that will get you both further in life.


How to Make It Work


Although you may like the idea of becoming a successful entrepreneur while your partner does the same, it’s not uncommon to have some concerns about the situation. You may worry that you’re both going to take on too much and not have enough time for one another, but that isn’t always the case. It’s all about prioritizing work, setting a schedule, and being there to support one another through the ups and downs that will eventually occur.


Before working together to achieve goals, sit down and have a full conversation about the goals you’d like to achieve and the role you’ll each take on. Both of you will need to come to an agreement to keep work and the relationship separately while being respectful to one another. You can’t expect to have success with your partner if neither of you are respecting one another or collectively sharing ideas. You’ll need to focus on communication and compromising at times to make things work on a long-term basis.


Prime Examples of Successful Entrepreneur Couples


If you’re in need of motivation and encouragement because you’re not sure how to get your start in a specific industry with your partner, it may be best for you to learn a bit more about some of the successful entrepreneur couples out there. These couples work hard to achieve their goals and they support one another in various business ventures. They put forth the effort that is required of them to consistently achieve their goals.


Chris Sacca is a successful billionaire who once was fired from a job as a lawyer and then moved on to Google where had more opportunities to learn, invest, and become the success he is today. He is now the owner of a successful venture capital fund, known as Lowercase Capital. Although he’s had much success in his career, Chris Sacca’s wife, Crystal English Sacca, is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She’s spent most of her career creating compelling and engaging commercials as well as digital advertisements for various companies. She’s worked for several of the most popular brands, including Sprint and HBO. In addition to these accomplishments, she works as an art director. While these two individuals aren’t doing the same things, they’re a married couple supporting one another while they each work hard to achieve their own personal goals.


In addition to Chris Sacca and his wife, Stewart and Lynda Resnick are another good example of a successful entrepreneur power couple. They currently have a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. So, what is it that they’re selling? There is a good chance you’ve consumed at least one of the many products they own and distribute, such as Fiji Water or Halos oranges. The pair met when Lynda started her own ad agency and was assisting Stewart with a project for the business he was running at that time. Over time, they started working collectively together to invest and sell assorted products to the public, many of which are naturally good for human consumption.


Do What You Love and Respect One Another


There are plenty of entrepreneur couples out there. Some are just getting started while others have been in business for decades and continue to achieve a high level of success. Although you may be focused on figuring out your passion and what you want to do to get further in life while making a decent income, it’s important to understand that it’s possible for you to achieve the same level of success as some of these people who are earning millions of dollars each year. Most people don’t become a success overnight but figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen is a great way to get started.


In addition to figuring out what you’d love to do for the rest of your life, you’ll need to remember to always respect your partner throughout the process. The thing about these successful couples is that they’re willing to provide support and guidance, they know how to communicate, and they believe in one another. If you don’t have respect, trust, and support in the relationship, it’s going to be difficult to have success as entrepreneurs together.


If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business with your partner by your side, it’s not a dream that is too farfetched. In fact, there are lots of successful couples that are working hard, reaching goals, and living the life they’ve always dreamed of having.

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