What to do when you have a case of the “Ooh … Shiney!”

Hi and welcome to Belle As Usual.  Ever notice how when you decide to buy a car, all of a sudden you see them EVERYWHERE!  Well, this week has seen me meet quite a few awesome people with a case of the “shineys”.
You know the “shineys”… those little distractions that look waay better than whatever you are supposed to be focused on right now.  Just like a nice sparkly ring, it catches your attention and then your focus is gone.

How do you know if you have a case of the “shineys”?

  • You get 50% of everything done, which is a great effort, but you still feel like nothing gets completed
  • You welcome and invite distraction,  someone walking past your desk, great need that work break after a marathon 10 minutes
  • You can’t decide where to start – the pile of stuff just looks overwhelming
  • Nothing is prioritised unless there is a known impact to another person that can result in your own discomfort (the children will be horrid if they do not go to bed and get up early)
  • You have media overload..emails, texts, phone calls, facebook, twitter, pinterest, linked in, work calendar, home calendar, mobile and you will check any one of them as soon as they beep, vibrate or pop up a notification that Joe Bloggs just got a new job and you should congratulate him NOW!!  Leave the report, and do it NOW!
  • You go shopping with purpose, and return with everything but what you were looking for. A convertible sports car will fit the wife and preschool kids comfortably, right?

Why do you need to stop them?

They create havoc with your business.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail as the saying goes
You can become stressed and feel unproductive and overwhelmed, creating a shiney black hole
They are a key source of inefficiency.  That ultimately costs you time and money.
If you are setting examples for others, they will almost certainly see it as permission to get distracted too

If that sounds like you, there is hope.  First is to say it loud.  I have got the Shineys!
So how do you get them under control?
First, take five minutes and get it all out of your system.  Completely brain dump everything that distracts you.  You will find this very liberating, as it gives your brain permission to jump everywhere.

Ten Top tips to get things back in order are:

  1. Create a time management plan and build your ideal work week
  2. Outsource or delegate tasks.  This frees you up to work on your goals, and work on what you add the most value to
  3. Turn off emails and only check them at three points in the day.  If you have a person who is a multi emailer, group them together, read them all and respond once.
  4. Keep any “nice to have” emails going to a separate location.  This includes deals, invites, notifications.  If it doesn’t add value to your business, send it somewhere else.
  5. Set aside free time for planning, and work out your non negotiables
  6. Move to a different location for an hour, and work remotely.
  7. Use headphones.  Music can improve concentration
  8. Get enough sleep.  Tiredness leads to poor thought processes and makes getting distracted very easy.
  9. Put yourself on a “yes” diet and just say no (in a nice way, or with a question)
  10. Recognise your progress in getting the shineys under control with a small reward.

For more great resources, get on over to www.mindtools.com.  As long as you have time to do so!

1 reply
  1. Christin Smith
    Christin Smith says:

    The “shineys”! That’s a good term for it! I find I can get distracted by the “shineys”, at times, but realise that FOCUS is what leads to success! Thanks for the reminder, Belle! Now,…where was I…?


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