When you have a few extra minutes during the day, what do you do? Check Facebook or maybe play a game on your phone? All of the sudden a few extra minutes turns into an hour. Yup, you just found yourself in the ADHD time zone!
Social media and games are time wasters. We are doing something that is unnecessary and not achieving anything important.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for everything, I check Facebook and I play games on my iPad. But when you really need get important things done, like paying bills or finishing a work report, it's not the time for distractions.
Awareness is key when changing behaviors, so here are a few areas you want to pay attention to:
1) The Internet - I already mentioned social media, but what about all of the other stuff on the internet that catches your attention. Here is a personal example: I was doing research and I saw a click that was titled, "Jan Brady Sells Her 70’s House." Well the Brady Brunch was one of my favorite shows, so I click the link. I kid you not, I bet I spent an hour looking at the house she was selling, reading updates on all of the actors on the show, etc. and once I realized what I was doing, I said out loud, "I can’t believe I just spent that much time on Jan Brady!" I love her, but really? Watch out for those links!
2) Clutter - According to National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), we spend almost an hour a day looking for stuff we have, but can’t find. That’s crazy, can you imagine what you can get done in that hour? (As long as you don’t go on the Internet!) Clutter on our desks and counters is a representation of the clutter in our head. Before working, especially on anything that requires deep focus, clear the clutter and find what you need before you get started. Even if the clutter is just in nicer piles, it can make a difference in your clarity and success.
3) Notifications - I can’t believe I didn’t do this earlier, but when I need to focus on an important project, I now hide my dock bar on the bottom of my computer, so I can’t see or hear when email or text messages come through. Again, I believe there is a time and a place to check email and messages. I would’t have a business if I didn’t, but that doesn’t mean I have to check the messages as soon as they come in. Turn off notifications while doing focused work and set a time later to follow up.
What are your biggest time wasters? What have you done to avoid them? We would love to hear from you!
Until Next Time,