What was I doing? Dealing with Distractions

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What was I doing? Dealing with Distractions
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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for a major human resources consulting firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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If you can’t remember what you started five minutes ago, you are dealing with distractions.

If you find yourself staring at the little spinning wheel while your computer thinks, you are dealing with distractions.

If you leave the kettle boiling until its dry, you are dealing with distractions.

Distraction: the act of distracting or the state of being distracted; especially :  mental confusion driven to distraction by their endless chatter – Merriam Webster Dictionary

It happens. It’s spring. People are distracted by the warm weather, Lake Ontario flooding and long weekends plans.

It can be especially frustrating if you are looking for a new gig. You get to the end of another day and feel like you have accomplished nothing.

The day started well. You sat down at your desk, showered, dressed and ready to work. You woke up your computer, took a sip of coffee and bang! It was dinner time. Whoa.

Try this: before you power up your computer the master of distraction, make a list of things to do. Make them short and be specific.

Distractions:  something that distracts :  an object that directs one’s attention away from something else turned off her phone to limit distractions One created a distraction while the other grabbed the money.; especially :  amusement a harmless distraction a book of word puzzles and other distractions – Merriam Webster Dictionary

  1. Invite 2 people to connect via linkedin
  2. Send one thank you note
  3. Exercise
  4. Apply for 2 jobs
  5. Eat lunch
  6. Make a lunch date for next week
  7. Read a whole newspaper

In between these activities, you will have all the regular distractions (email, phone calls, letting the dogs out) but if you keep coming back to the list and checking off the items you will a) feel more accomplished at the end of the day and b) continue to push everything forward.

You will be connected, knowledgeable, fit and energized – the perfect state of mind for new opportunities.



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