Look, Distractions Everywhere …& the Minimized Browser Syndrome
There is a difference between procrastination and being distracted! One is the effect of the other. Procrastination is you telling yourself that you shall read this article an hour later and when it comes, you create reasons to read it in the next two hours. Whatever you shall be doing instead of reading this article at the initially self-prescribed time is what I call distractions. It takes a lot of self-discipline to stick to the things you said you would do when their time shows up. Most of us oftentimes get lazy or occupied by distractions and end up procrastinating the most important things in our lives.
If you are to ever get anything done while using a computer today, it had better not be connected to the internet, or if it is, you had better be ignorant of the existence of the internet. If being on the internet and scouting for different information is your kind of job, then go ahead and open as many tabs as you like. However, if your kind of work utilises the PC/phone/tablet as a means to job accomplishment, then you may easily get trapped into the minimized browser syndrome. It becomes more interesting if you have someone who supervises you or your work; every time they pass-by, you fidget to switch windows. If you happen not to have any specific deadlines, you may end up doing things at the edge. Minus the internet, we always face so many other disturbances that stop us from being as effective as we ought to be. It is true, life isn’t all about work without play, but we must clearly decide when to play and when not to! After we have set out our goals, distractions become obstacles/roadblocks to achieving these goals, and the sooner you get rid of them, the earlier you get to your goals. Oftentimes, this may require undertaking extra ordinary measures. Some of the ways to get rid of or minimise distractions may involve the following
- Create schedules that include rewarding yourself with whatever you always get distracted with. Take a 15 minutes break or less for every two hours or more to get engaged with your other than work “thing”. Your self motivation will increase enormously if you give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.
- Start your day early and conquer most of your day’s work before the urge for distractions sets in. If your tasks are completed early enough, then the distractions won’t be a big bother for you. Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed with the number of things you have to do. The trick is to complete each task before moving on to the next one. Distractions/Procrastination can leave you feeling frustrated at never having achieved anything, so when you complete each task you set yourself, reward yourself for your achievements.
- Have blackouts. This means you disable whatever creates the distractions. If it’s the internet, you disable it, if it’s the phone, you may have to either turn it off or put it far away from you. You may have to let go of some of the short-term distractions. There shall be plenty of time to get back to them once the goals have been attained.
The list can get longer than that depending on the nature of one’s distractions. One may have to do a self-study before implementing any of the above. Sometimes these distractions are the fuel to any goal achievement; the remorse one feels after losing so much time doing nothing motivates them to actually do that one thing they were supposed to have done. Also, some people use the time while engaging with their distractions to get secondary unique thoughts about how to perform their tasks. One may even learn to use their distractions in a more constructive way. Sometimes when the task at hand is overwhelming, seeking solace in something you truly enjoy doing can help refresh your mind to think critically about that overwhelming task.
In all, achieve a balance of efficiency while engaging positive distractions. Avoid getting addicted; keep an eye on how to get ahead of your distractions and eventually procrastination.