INDISTRACTABLE - How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Step #1 – Expand your internal triggers
Step #2 – Make more time for traction
Step #3 – Eliminate external triggers
Step #4 – Pacts to prevent distractions
Triggers can lead to either traction (moving towards your goals) or distraction (movement away from your goals). You need to make sure that your internal triggers are providing you with cues to act to move forward, not backwards.
Traction is good, it's what you want more of. Traction draws you towards what you want more of in life. The best way to generate more traction is still to time box your day in terms of time you spend on work, relationships, and you. Have a calendar which reflects your values, and make sure you build in a set weekly time where you reflect and refine what you're doing.
To become indistractable, you have to eliminate all the external triggers which try and gain unauthorized access to your time and resources. The key to doing this is disarmingly simple. Every time you receive any kind of external trigger, pause and ask yourself: "Is this trigger serving me, or am I serving it?" Use the helpful external triggers, and give yourself full permission to ignore completely any unhelpful triggers.
Focus not only requires that you keep distractions out, but also that you have systems to stop yourself from sliding into distractions unawares. The best way to do that is to make a precommitment – a pact – that removes future opportunities for distraction. This will only work if you have first dealt effectively with internal triggers, removed external triggers, and set aside time for traction.
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