Spring is here, and summer is coming. This is the time of year when I spend a bit of time thinking about time management, getting more done in less time so I can enjoy more of the weather.
Time management is about working efficiently and effectively. This means staying focused, making quick decisions, and remembering that good enough is often enough.
It also means ensuring that we save our energy for performing meaningful activities. This means doing what we can to avoid wasting valuable energy on things that don’t matter.
Our space is one area where we can waste energy. Unconsciously, every object, thought, memory, or piece of information in our internal and external space is constantly being processed. Thus using up energy.
Today, I want to focus on removing the distraction in our physical space that wastes our energy.
Distractions creep in from every angle, and before you know it, your day is gone, and you don’t know where it went or what you worked on.
Often distractions can be the “easy” tasks you have in your day that take away your time from what is important. They may seem quick, but they can add up quickly.
The goal is to identify the things that distract you and eliminate them. Or at least reduce them.
The first step is to identify why you want to eliminate distractions. Why do you want to conserve your energy for things that matter?
List 3-10 reasons why zero-distraction spaces are important to you.
I mentioned that the “easy” tasks could be a distraction; however, here are other things in your environment that you have to take a look at:
Do these resonate with you? Can you see how they distract you?
What would you put on your list?
Take some time to list out what your distractions are.
Once you have your list of distractions, plan how to eliminate them.
Here is a sample of my list:
Some things I can work on right away and make changes. Others I will have to plan for, but the most important thing is that I need to capture the task and, when I schedule it, do it.
Scheduling a check-in to review your distractions quarterly would be a good idea. Then when you have a list of the things, you want to change, prioritize them and make time to eliminate them.
What is one thing you are going to do to eliminate distractions?
Create space simply to “be” and clarity emerges for you to see.Gabriella Goddard
Create space simply to “be” and clarity emerges for you to see.
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