We have so many distractions in our day to day lives. So many things that need our attention; cell phones, text messages, emails that just keep coming, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and the list goes on.
We are now living in a time that everything is wanted now and the information never stops. We are pulled in so many directions. As I am typing this my phone has beeped two times. Yes, I did stop and respond to one of the messages.
A very normal day in the life of the title company. I start each day with my to do list. Mid-morning I find myself standing at the copier making copies of a loan packet that needs to go back to the Lender. The phone starts ringing, the guys in the office are at their desk, but I am the one running to answer the phone. Which of course is for one of them. Then someone comes in the office who needs a document and the phone starts ringing again. Off I go to answer the phone, take care of the document needed by the customer, then finally return back to the copier to finish my original task. When I return to my desk I have twenty new emails, my new boss calling my cell phone asking if I can go and work in the Omaha office the next day. As I glance at the clock it is 11:00 and I need to leave for BNI. As the phone continues to ring and the emails keep coming in, I get a text message that our Education Coordinator is unable to attend and would like me to give the education moment. I grab The 29% Solution book, which I have on hand for just this occasion. There is the brief moment when I question should I attend the BNI meeting or stay and take care of everything else. Nothing has been accomplished from my list that needs to be completed by end of day. But I know that my commitment to BNI and my business lies with me attending the meeting and giving it 100% of my attention for 90 minutes.
Just as we may experience stretches of sleep during the night, this same cycle happens at work. It is very rare to be able to sit down and work for 1 hour solid without any interruptions, and two or three hours would be a miracle.
It is not surprising that many of us are exhausted at the end of the day.
My challenge to you, is to take 15 minutes every day for a week:
- listen to a podcast
- focus on moving up a traffic light
- finish the referral slip or better yet log it on line
- just take some deep breaths
After that week, see if your goals are coming along and push yourself to do 30 minutes a day. It does not have to be a solid 30 minutes, two 15 minute breaks are good. Consider it your “smoke break”.
I look forward to hearing about your results.