How to Follow-Through and Cure Chronic Distraction.

Ever feel like your creative process starts with so much inspiration + massive goal setting but ends with “Squirrel!!”⁠—aka major distraction which bombs your follow-through?

You are certainly not alone.

It’s harder than ever to choose focus over distraction. The average adult attention span is 7 SECONDS meaning that only the badass few will even finish this entire email.

Last week in September’s five part coaching workshop, you were equipped with the tools to set rock-solid goals and create massive success.

But setting the goal is not enough if you don’t have the tools to really stay committed and turn your inspiration into consistent action.

Here are 5 things that the most productive people do every day…to help you cure your shiny object syndrome and create habits that support your success:

Step #1: Hone in on your top life and business short-term and long-term priorities and plan your day accordingly.

Every night before you go to bed, list out all the tasks on your plate and weight them based on how they move those priorities forward.

Often, when we are being stretched in new ways—like starting a biz, for instance—we spend all of our time checking the little things off the list (like posting on social and planning a local workshop) because it makes us feel like we are making strides…

But in reality, we didn’t spend any time on the big projects, like our selling our premium offerings, which actually run the biz, yeah?

Planning your day out the night before ensures that you’re moving through your day connected to your vision.

It’s extremely helpful to create space for exercise, quality time with your people, and all of your personal goals in advance so you’re tracking on those, too.

Step #2: Make your morning rituals non-negotiable.

Then, when you wake up, your focus is coming into alignment with how you want to feel by doing things that raise your vibration.

For me, this looks like a written gratitude journaling practice and meditation where I visualize how I will feel at the end of the day.

I often will journal this visualization after like I’m already my future self: “It is now 8pm on September 15th, 2019 and I see ______, I feel _______, I do __________.”

This is a HUGE shift. Most people spend their days visualizing what they don’t want through worry, lack, anxiety, doubt, fear, comparison, etc.

Remember in Lord of the Rings when Frodo puts on the ring and his whole soul was suddenly visible to the Eye of Sauron?

It’s similar when we entertain negative thoughts. It exposes us to energies that pull us away from our destiny and we’re vulnerable to attracting more of that energy (and spiraling into that annoying thought loop).

When you do these types of rituals, you’re future pacing the exact result that you actually want to experience instead which is obviously much more powerful.

Meditation also helps you train your brain 😉

Step #3: Shift your default answer from, “Yes! Sure! See you then!” to “Let me think on it.”

The most successful people in the world say, “No, thank you,” to anything that’s not critical and in alignment.

That’s how they kick so much ass with the same 24 hours in a day that we have. They know their time is their most valuable asset and they don’t give it away to people or projects that don’t deserve their time and energy.

Enough said.Step #4: Leave white space.If you schedule out 100% of your time, you don’t account for the randomness of life or give yourself space to play.In NLP there’s something called the Law of Requisite Variety which states that the most flexible person controls and influences the system…Basically the most adaptive person wins.Flexibility and time management are interrelated because if you don’t have any white space, you can’t easily adapt to the normal fluctuations of life.

And, if you’re multi-passionate like me, leaving white space to dabble—learn, try out, explore a bunch of things without the pressure to produce—is the absolute best thing you can do for your creativity.

Step #5: Turn your notifications on silent and don’t even look at them until 4-5 hours after you’ve started your work day.

Block off that morning time when you’re fresh to focus on the projects that are most critical and have the most value.

The difference between two people who are equally busy and one feels abundant about time and one feels scarce about time is how often they check their phone. Seriously.

I learned a statistic this week that the average person spends 20 minutes of each hour being interrupted by notifications. That’s 1/3rd of our day totally wasted!

YAY!! High-five to you for soaking up all this goodness.

But inspiration without action is useless, yes? So tell me, how are you going to put this into practice this week?

And if you have your own tips and tricks for how to stay focused, please share them with our tribe.

This email is part of a 5-week coaching workshop to help you hit your dreamy goals and feel really dang good along the way. If you missed the last two three blog, you can access them here.