Should you be reading this right now?

Don’t you have some real work to do?

Probably.  Instead you’re reading this blog, tweeting, texting, instagraming, viddying, Facebooking, pinning and so on.

In the age we live in, it’s important that we embrace a concept I’m calling “Digital Blinders” the gist of which is, shut down all outside stimulus for a set period of time in order to put all of your brain cycles to work on one problem.  Far too often, we work on important problems while being distracted stimulated by outside sources which doesn’t allow us to fully concentrate and devote all of our logic and creativity to a problem.

What do I do when I have a problem or situation where I need to really focus?  I literally remove all of the outside sources of distraction.  I shut down email, close all of my browser windows, put my phone in airplane mode, put on my headphones (no music) and focus completely on the task at hand – if possible – and I know far enough in advance, I work from home.

Do you do something similar to this?  Does it help you produce your best work? Any tips?


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