SeagullThe other day I was taking my husband to work. On the way there is a large roundabout that’s usually busy all times of the day. It was 7:42am; a frosty and damp morning.

As we started on our journey we talked about work and what we were both doing during the day. There is a short dual carriage way on route to Andy’s place of work and within 5 minutes we were at the in front of the queue at the roundabout (in the outside lane turning right), our conversation just made our journey seem to go that little bit faster.

Whilst looking to see when I could make my entrance onto the roundabout, next to me was a LARGE white seagull stomping its feet on the wet grass on the central reservation, presumably calling worms to the surface by pretending it was raining (which I think is a rather clever trick).

I watched the seagull stamp in the same spot for about 6-8 seconds and then stop for a few seconds to look down at its feet, waiting for the worms to appear. I suddenly remembered I was in the car and Andy’s voice stopped being muffled and in the background to becoming louder and in the foreground (to his normal tone) saying “… or shall I just speak to myself”.

I did say “Sorry! I was distracted by a seagull…” (and that wasn’t the first time).

It made me think, in business we can get distracted by lots of things? What takes our focus away from the task at hand? You know the time when you really need to get something done. Social media notifications, emails pinging and then appearing in the right hand corner of your desktop or telephone calls to name but a few…

I’d like you to write down your distractions and then next to it write down how you can get away from it, stop it from happening or make a system/process to deal with it better.

Let’s get back to the task at hand and do more business or actual work. Delegation could be something that you could do to stop the extra distractions you don’t need OR creating a list with a maximum of 6 things that NEED to be completed by the close of business. Lists that consist of 12 things or more just don’t get done and or can become overwhelming.

As they say, the early bird catches the worm, so let’s get focused on the task at hand!

Leave a comment to share your tactics with me.  I’d be interested to hear how you deal with distractions.