Ok, I’ll admit it…I suffer from “Squirrel syndrome.” (I mean ADHD)…but I digress.
It is oh so easily for all of us to let our mind wander and not finish a task that you initially set out to do. It is a fact that our attention span has been drastically reduced, because of all of the instant response media that is available to us.
Todays Millenials (people born between 1980 – 2000) have created a shorter attention span…it seems for all of us. Immediacy, is the new norm for most of us. We want text messages answered as soon as they are sent. It seems that phone calls are getting harder to get a response from. And God forbid…doing something as archaic as an email, obviously takes too long. As long as there are different forms of communication, it is up to us and the receiving party which is the best mode to use.
Being the proud parent of two Millenials, I know how they think, act and respond. And it surely compliments my “Squirrel” mentality. But that doesn’t make it right. There are two good books that deal with the art of responding and reacting. The first book is called “Send.” It deals with the fact that we send emails too quickly and frequently regret what we’ve sent. And this can and DOES cause problems and repercussions. The author wants us to all to wait 30minutes before hitting “that” button. So that regret doesn’t take place.
“Once words are spoken, a thousand horses cannot pull them away!” I love that sentence. It is honest and pure. Haven’t you ever regretted saying or doing something…I sure have.
The other book is called “Blink”…and it discusses how we make up “our mind” within the briefest amount of time. Literally in the “blink of an eye.” Research has shown that a jury makes up their personal “final” decision, within the first 7 minutes!!! And that trial might go on for a long time!
So staying focused, knowing what goal you have in mind is critical. As I tell my audiences…”Do not go pass “GO”, do not collect $200, do not buy any Hotels”…till you have done your research and know what next steps methodically need to be done. As Bob Villa from the TV show “This Old House” would say: “Measure twice…cut once!”
Know what needs to be done. If you DO get distracted, pull back, regroup and continue on. This strategy has been recognized and respected by many time management experts. “Start, continue & then finish…before you go on to the next project.”
I’m getting better at this, with time. And it does make a difference!
Oh wait…..I just saw a squirrel go by…………………..
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Now take a deep breath and get back to what you were doing!