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.


  1. Let others solve their own problems - don’t get involved.
    Don’t let them siphon off your time and energy instead.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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