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TIME MANAGEMENT is PAIN MANAGEMENT

Our ability to manage our time is closely related to our ability to resist distractions.


Distraction is not defined by the activity (checking IG vs. drafting a document) but by INTENT - did we intend to do what we are currently doing?


You may have planned to check the news for 10 minutes, in which case that is not a distraction.


But if you are checking your email notifications when you plan to work on an outline, the email is a distraction, even if it's work related.


We get distracted by EXTERNAL and INTERNAL triggers.


We blame external triggers but studies have found that 90% of distraction is due to internal triggers - an uncomfortable emotional state we seek to avoid.


Whether it's too much news, podcasts, Facebook, food, alcohol - if you are avoiding an action you intended to take - you are distracting from an undesirable feeling ((boredom, uncertainty, fear, anxiety...).


A key step in increasing productivity is learning how to avoid the internal triggers.


The obstacle to getting the result we want is not a problem of not knowing the HOW, i.e. knowing what to do.


It's a problem of not following through with what we know we need to do.


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