Set boundaries to proactively eliminate distractions from your life.
Once you define and enforce your boundaries, others will be less likely to approach you with distractions.
- Let others solve their own problems - don’t get involved.
Don’t let them siphon off your time and energy instead.
- Find your deal-breakers.
This refers to the types of requests or activities you will never say yes to (unless they somehow overlap with your own priorities). To find your deal-breakers, simply think of one person who frequently distracts you from your priorities, or write down any time you feel inconvenienced by someone’s request.
- Create “social contracts” with your coworkers.
Clearly establish your priorities, such as what extra work you will and will not take on, etc.
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