The Distractions & Procrastination category focuses on reducing procrastination and overcoming distractions.

How to Identify the REAL Problem

One of the underlying philosophies I use when I work with leaders and teams is "if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” It is important to dig into whatever the underlying cause is of the challenge and only “fix” that part that isn’t working, rather than trying to fix everything. For example, recently one of the organizations I’ve been working with thought they had a problem [...]

A Hidden Factor of Productivity

It's common knowledge that there are many things that affect productivity - level of focus and alertness, distractions, organization... But did you know that the temperature factors into the equation? Chris Bailey, in A Life of Productivity, explains that setting your office temperature to around 72 will help with peak performance. Being physically uncomfortable is just another distraction you do NOT need if you [...]

When Even a Locked Door is Not Enough

Let me introduce you to Brenda (not her real name). Brenda is one of my favorite clients. She is motivated to improve, aware of what's going on in her life and business, and has a lot going on, which keeps our coaching calls interesting. One day, Brenda came to our call and was frustrated because she just couldn't keep her dedicated "office time" distraction-free. [...]

How to Overcome Shiny Object Syndrome

When it comes to “new ideas” business owners are inundated with them. “Too many ideas and not enough time or help to implement them all!” is a common refrain. A key to success is having a framework for deciding which ideas to pursue and which are just the “next shiny object.” The Challenge If you’ve ever thought, “I get all excited and I want [...]

The 6 Triggers of Procrastination

A few months ago I had an interesting online discussion about procrastination and prioritizing (procrastination as reactive and prioritizing as proactive).  According to Tim Pychyl, author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, everyone procrastinates. Different people procrastinate in different ways, and for different amounts of time. According to Salary.com, 31% of people admitted to consciously wasting an hour each day, and 26% admitted consciously wasting 2 [...]

What is Your Prime Time and Why Does It Matter?

When is your Biological Prime Time? AND, most importantly, why does it matter? Typically in my conversations with clients, we would discuss the time of day they feel most comfortable working on "mind intensive" tasks. Are they early birds or night owls or somewhere in the middle? Sam Carpenter, in his book Work the System, explains that your Biological Prime Time is when your [...]

Are You Charging Your Batteries or Zoning Out?

As I sit at my desk looking out at the sun hitting the lake, I realize I've been staring out the window for a while. AND ... by "a while" I mean about 15 minutes. Hmmmm ... probably not the most effective way to use my time this afternoon! I know - I could think of this as a way to recharge my batteries, [...]

What is the Cost of Procrastination?

I'm reading The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey and I LOVE this book! In fact, I'll probably be referencing it in a few blog posts over the next few months. One of the experts he quoted was Tim Pychyl, who said, "Everyone procrastinates." If that doesn't make you feel better about procrastinating, what will?! However, we all procrastinate in different ways, some more often [...]