This morning I went to a network meeting for professionals in transition. Man, it’s been months since I’ve been to one of these! I used to go to two or three a week but then I just got too busy at work. I miss the environment… even though there are people there with immediate issues (like, no income), they are very open and helpful. Whether you are employed or not I encourage you to look one up and go, just to see what it’s like.
(for those that have a job): In a comment left yesterday by one of my partners, Brad Attig of My Retail Career, leaves a quote from John F. Kennedy: “The best time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining.” Don’t wait to go to a networking meeting… by then it’s weird and embarrassing.
So anyway, one of the questions that usually comes up is “what keeps you up at night?” Today there was a very interesting answer: distractions.
Last week the guy didn’t do much because he was registering for unemployment, and “other things.” This week he plans to dedicate to … registering for unemployment, and “other things.”
Come on guys. Let’s get real here. We can put this off as long as we want, we can work to get our own house in order, we can take care of all the little distractions… oh wait, when those are done, there will be more that pop up.
Haven’t any of you said, in your last job, something like “when things slow down we’ll do xyz.” I’m guessing things never slowed down. But you had to do the important things, and not get mired down by distractions, right?
One of the veteran transition guys there said he took one week, got rid of all distractions, and hasn’t allowed “distractions” to be an excuse anymore. I guess I’m cool with that. If your distractions are that bad, dedicate a reasonable amount of time and get them out of the way – at least the important ones. But man, then you have to buckle down and get to work!!
I’ve blogged on this here, Chicken List Is Out – Now Put Away The Honey-Do List! (make sure to read the comments).
But I counter it with some common sense here, Water Damage Is Expensive – Donâ€™t Neglect Your House (again, the comments are key).
Don’t let distractions be the reason for your failure. If you are having problems with distractions, I strongly encourage you to check out my Expert Partners page to find experts (and coaches) that have partnered with JibberJobber.