By Leo Babauta
In this webinar, I talked about why we give in to distractions, and then give three methods for creating despite the pull of distractions. I also answered a bunch of member questions, listed below.
Here’s the outline of my talk:
I. Why we give in to distractions
- easy, comfortable, pleasurable
- vs uncomfortable, overwhelming, struggle, feeling incompetent, uncertainty
II. First method: Intention & space
- set intention before start
- clear distractions
- create a mental space
- write little tasks in notebook or text file
III. Second method: Creating Reward
- make it super easy (small easy tasks)
- check lists (accomplishment)
- pause with a feeling of accomplishment afterward
IV. Third method: Staying with Groundlessness
- what is groundlessness
- we donâ€™t like it, want to avoid it, go to solid ground
- this leads to distraction, procrastination
Questions I answered
- I find it very difficult to maintain habits, and the habit forming process takes a lot of energy
- Do you feel that it is important to create early in the morning to do it right away? or is it ok to do it later in the day?
- Any online resources you’d suggest to learn more about groundlessness?
- I have been practising daily lunchtime yoga. I am studying hypnotherapy, love the practical but the essays I really struggle with writing without distraction from online research.
- My biggest challenge is my child coming and leaning on me “whatchu doing?” He seems to have an innate sense of when would be least convenient to come talk to me.
- While establishing a new habit, and maintaining another–difficulties in avoiding distractions for the secondary habit especially in the evening when already fatigued!
- How do you deal with panic?
- Do you have a recommendation for when life gets in the way and steers you off track for a long stretch of 2 weeks. The struggle is getting back on track.
- Do you find that it is important to focus on your creation habit first thing in the morning?
- I seem to deal with distractions and Co. in most of activities, including writing. Except my scientific work. I used to deal also here and now I feel completely groundless. How to come back?
- Do you have more suggestions for accountability? I can always find an excuse or reason not to do something.
- How would you deal with the distraction of others being/needing to be in the same physical space where you create, especially at your peak creative time?
- What do you tell or yourself when you fail and need to start over the next day?