When talking about distractions, there is one that we can not forget, because we stare it in the face everyday. That is obviously ourself.
We can be our own best friend or our worst enemy. Because we are so easily sidetracked. Just think about it, how many times do you have a deadline and you know you need to stay completely focused on it, but instead you take a call from a friend and end up on the phone for an hour? Or you go onto Facebook and spend 30-45mins just chatting or looking at other peoples page.
We are all too curious! That is why as soon as you open your Yahoo or Hotmail account, the first thing you will see is some sort of advertisement or the latest news. I'm not saying that it is wrong to look at an interesting article of take a minute to read a short funny story. But if we add up all the time that those little distractions take out of our days, we may be amazed at how much time was just plain wasted.
If we allow ourselves to look aside at everything that seems funny or interesting in some way, then our day will be wasted on those things. And the more important things that we NEED to get done will fall between the cracks.
So the solution is discipline. We have to learn when to take that break or that call or watch that 3min video, and when to say NO. There is a time to tell ourself, you can not have this right now. Or not at all! Depending on what it is.
This will not happen overnight, but the more you work at it, the stronger you become in terms of resisting distractions.
Let us watch ourselves, and not always let "our" will be done.