I struggle with distractions like everyone else, but as an entreprenuer and self-employed individual, distractions can mean a loss of money or the slowing of a project. I thought Seth Godin had a great explanation for my specific situation:
One reason for this confusion[being engaged with activities that feel like work, but aren’t], is that we’re often using precisely the same device to do our work as we are to distract ourselves from our work. The distractions come along with the productivity. The boss (and even our honest selves) would probably freak out if we took hours of ping pong breaks while at the office, but spending the same amount of time engaged with others online is easier to rationalize.
Seth goes on to propose using separate devises for play and work, but I don’t think that will help me. I’m not by games, but rather choosing to work on urgent things rather than important things (here’s a slideshow explaining the difference). I know there are programs which lock you out of things like Facebook, email, etc. so that you can only work on one thing at a time, but I fear that’s just a crutch and fake way of developing discipline and focus! At any rate, the above paragraph just helped me identify my production enemy and might help me draw lines on the battlefield of focus.
I’d love to hear how you keep yourselves from distractions. Please share below!