Let me answer the second question before we dive into “control” part. However, I’m pretty sure you already know the answer. With the information overload, it’s not surprising that our minds get busier, therefore we get more tired and exhausted. We are targeted every time we’re on our devices. Notifications innocent agenda to keep us informed has turned into a major issue to our productivity. Because all they do is puts unnecessary information in our heads. They distract us from focused action and take our attention away from truly important tasks.
If you have seen my posts and read my previous blogs, you know that it is our decision to allow distractions to interfere without daily lives. You know that discomfort is what keeps us reaching towards distraction because we simply are designed to avoid pain.
In short, hacking back on external triggers allows you to be more attentive, focused, present, productive, and such a better manager for your business and life.
- Control your gadgets. Although we couldn’t imagine our lives without them, they can highly interfere with our focus. Disconnecting can leave a devastating effect on your business, however, you don’t need to be “connected” all of the time. Choose wisely what deserves your time, energy, and attention. Leave the rest outside the door.
- Control your calendar. You are in charge of your daily routine – whether you want it or not. I know that it might not always be easy to accept that. Once we decide to be in charge, there is no one else to blame for whatever goes wrong. We are fully responsible. The beauty of it – freedom. Suddenly you can change course and give yourself permission to say “no” to things that are not in alignment with your goals. You can schedule tasks that are of strategic importance to your business growth without defending your decision.
- Control your mind. This is the tricky part. Often we don’t realize how big of a part our mindset plays in our daily lives. Our actions are often triggered by us trying to avoid discomfort. However once we step outside that come place – growth happens.
I hope my formula helps you get more clarity around your control of the outside triggers. At the end of the day, you are in charge of everything that is happening to you, including outside noise. Even though it might seem that it’s unavoidable, a constant fight with it will not result in your favor. This is why it is smart to look deep in yourself to understand why certain things trigger you more than others. Only that way you will be able to get fully in charge of those external triggers.
I would love to hear from you – what triggers you the most from outside? And how are you dealing with it?
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