Dealing with Distractions

How to stay on task even when people distract you.

Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #67

Attention Deficit. Disorder?

Some people are diagnosed with ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder. They actually can’t control where their attention wanders. I can relate. I’ll be working with a customer who needs attention, Boom! I put them on hold for a co-worker who calls with an emergency, then an instant message pops up offering me just 30 seconds to buy male pattern baldness cream at 38% off, a moon-walking bear wanders through a basketball game, and my boss sends an email, asking for three new projects, all “top priority.” If I’m not ADD to start with, by the end of the day, I’m sure feeling that way.

Being a sneaky bugger, this week I interviewed Carol Gignoux of ADD Insights. Carol works with ADD-afflicted people to help create systems that help them focus and complete things. Of course, the tips work for everyone, ADD or not. So I pretend to have ADD, so she’ll give me more advice. Listen to my interview with Carol here.

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Work Less, Do More, and have a Great Life!


- http://www.steverrobbins.com/getitdoneguy/67-carol-gignoux-distractions.htm Carol Gignoux interview about dealing with distractions.

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4 cool video about how to deal with distraction and focus

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.