How Distractions Prevent You from Success

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Distrac…..OH SHINEY!

Distractions are all around us. You probably get distracted by something a thousand times a day. Most people get distracted every few minutes and have to return to the task that they were working on. People with ADHD can get distracted for an hour or more without even realizing that they were off task.

But these kinds of distractions are not the ones that are keeping you from success. There are other distractions in your life and you are probably going to have to get rid of them to achieve your goals. In this article, we are going to discuss four distractions that are preventing you from achieving the success you want.

Online Distractions

The first distraction that we will be discussing is online socializing. If you are like most people, you waste an incredible amount of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and various other social networks that do nothing for you except tell you what your friends had for lunch. Social media can be important to your success. If you are using social platforms to build a group of people that could buy something from you later, then it is fair to spend some time on social media. Otherwise, limit yourself.

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Friends and Family

Your friends and family may be distracting you from success. It is perfectly fine to spend time with friends and family, but if you are constantly committed to helping them out, going places with them or putting off your work for other people, then you need to pull back and realize that your success is just as important as your relationships.

Power Lunches

Lon lunches are distractions. In corporate American, power lunches are definitely one of the ways that work relationships are built and deals are brokered. But if your power lunches and other functions are not contributing to your personal success, then you need to stop worrying about them and focus on what is really important.

The Siren Song of Possessions

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Finally, you want to avoid the siren song of things. This is the urge to spend money on the things that you think you need in order to be successful. Maybe you think that if you had a faster computer you could get more done. In most cases, that simply isn’t true. You don’t need to spend money on things to become successful and you may need to make some short-term sacrifices in order to achieve your goals.


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How to Get to Sleep When You’re Very Stressed

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I am Too Stressed to Sleep

If you’ve ever been very stressed, then you’ll know that this can make it very difficult to get to sleep. Common when we’re stressed is to lie awake listening to our hearts thudding in our chest and getting even more stressed that we’re not able to drift off and thus re-energize for the days ahead. This is what makes the situation so bad: we know that the less we sleep, the worse the stress is going to seem tomorrow. Ironically, we’ll experience more of the very same stress that is keeping us awake!

So what can you do to overcome that stress and just drift off?

The Right Frame of Mind

The key thing to remember here is that you can’t ‘force’ yourself to overcome stress and you can’t ‘force’ yourself to relax. The whole idea of forcing yourself to relax is actually contradictory. This is where many people fall down: in trying to make ourselves fall asleep we will often start tossing and turning and even getting frustrated and angry that we aren’t sleeping. This only increases our stress more, increases our heart rate more and continues the vicious cycle. If you have ever looked at your alarm clock at 4am in the morning and felt like you’re the only person awake, then you’ll know this well.

So how do you break this cycle? The solution is to stop forcing yourself to sleep and to instead just let it happen naturally. Specifically, this means you should remove the pressure of ‘having’ to fall to sleep. In fact, remove the objective completely.

So when you go to bed, you’re not going to bed in order to sleep any more. Instead, recognize that simply relaxing and resting can actually be very good for you too and allow yourself to do this. Focus on how nice it is to just lie back and not need to do anything and remember that even if you only do that, you’ll still be relaxing and rejuvenating to some degree.

The irony is that as soon as you start enjoying being in bed and as soon as you take away the ‘need’ to fall asleep, you will almost always drift off right away. And not only will this improve your ability to get to sleep but it will also enhance your quality of sleep as you’ll be much more restful.

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The POP That Never Stops!

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Feeling anxious … stressed … or just plain fidgety and bored to tears?!  Do you ever find yourself, or even your kids, constantly trying to find something to do with your hands, without even really being aware that you are.  How many times have you been asked OR said to someone else … “Will you STOP fidgeting!”

Fidgeting is … well I don’t know what it is, but I do believe it can be a lot of things and none of them bad.  However, when you have the “fidgeties” and you need something to do that will occupy your mind AND your hands, you will really love the push-poke-pop bubble sensory toy.  This is a non-toxic silicone toy, that fits in the palm of your hand and that can be washed and reused as much as you want.  What that mean is, “the pop never stops!”

The “Green” Version of Popping Paper

With no assembly required or small parts that can be easily lost, the push-pop bubble fidget toy is probably the most user-friendly, discreet sensory tool that you can take with you and use anywhere.  Your child is feeling anxious waiting for their dentist appointment?  Let them get lost in the soothing playfulness of the push-pop bubble fidget toy!  Nervous about flying?  No problem …  having the push-pop bubble fidget toy gives your mind somewhere else to focus and your hands something to do.

What I really love about the push-pop bubble sensory toy is that it gives you ALL the fun and satisfaction of bubble wrap, but without the loud popping noise, so you can use it in a lot more public places.  Essentially, you can deal with your fidgeting, calm anxious nerves and reduce your stress without anyone hitting the deck at every POP!


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