The truth is, you (and I) really don’t want to get work done. I’m talking about a specific type of work. We don’t want to do the kind of work that makes us feel vulnerable, the kind of work that could seem pushy or authoritative. We allow distractions so we have an excuse for doing work that doesn’t really move us or anyone else to a different place. “Status quo” is not a goal, it is an act of surrender. These things are keeping you (and me) from doing great work. There are many more but these are the ones that involve technology.
- Phone calls
- Email programs on your desktop
- Email on your cell phone
- Text messages
- Instant messages
- Skype chats and calls
- Google voice within your email window
- Facebook chat messages
- Twitter direct messages
How much time do these steal from you doing great work? I use a program called Freedom to lock me out of the internet while I write. If you are as undisciplined as I am then let Freedom help. The number one business blogger in the world uses it so you can too.
What distracts you most often when you’re working?
What are you going to do to shut it down and get some real work done?
I’m giving away a free copy of FREEDOM to a commenter. Is that bribery? Maybe. Happy commenting