Why you are so easily distracted
The gatekeeper’s job it is to be picky about what get’s into your conscious attention (and what gets to stay there). They take their job very seriously.
Learn what the gatekeeper likes to allow in, and how to get your important goals through the door.
- Tell yourself why it is important, and think in terms of those primitive drives.
- Imagine how good it feels to have this thing done, as vividly as possible (or, if you must, imagine the hideous consequences of not doing it).
- Make sure your most basic needs (food, rest, comfort) are taken care of first.
- If you can’t satisfy those needs immediately, make yourself a promise to when you will (and keep it) to set those demands to one side.
- Define an achievable chunk of the task that has a clear end.
- Define it in a way that you know you have the skills, tools, environment to start it.
- If you need some special environment, or tools, then sort those out first.
- Make sure the very first step is really easy to do, and then ramp up from there.
- When you complete it, acknowledge to yourself that you did, and feel good about it. If you didn’t, have quick think about why (too big, too hard?), or what distractions pushed it out of the way.
To learn more about attention, with an interactive game to help you think about how it works, see the full article
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