Distraction: a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else. Extreme agitation of the mind or emotions. Use in a sentence: Are you living without distraction?
Raise your hand if you're a parent.
Raise your hand if you're a business owner.
Raise your hand if you have family.
Yep. Naturally that means we're all distracted at times and some more distracted than others.
Can you picture a day without distraction?
This is my typical day
I wake up at 6 am, get on my computer and check off a few tasks for my business.
That could be scheduling, emailing, updating contacts, or creating my calendar for the day. It even includes taking appointments.
Yep, those happen as early as 6:15 am on some days, because I’m working with other amazing individuals who are also eliminating distractions to focus on their own goals.
My two crazy kids have a sixth sense because more often than not, no matter how silent I am, they wake up.
So, I get to handle that noise in the background as I do my morning routine. Great multi-tasking, right? Yep - and it just gets better.
Most days I have an average of nine appointments for Prime Day Trading to fulfill, trading, running my e-commerce business (more on that later), being a wife (yay for 7 years!), all while being a mom.
My kids are almost 4 and almost 2, and they're boys. So, jumping off the couch, karate punching each other, getting naked and running outside - that's all what I get to handle throughout my day.
Could you say I have opportunities to be distracted?
Some days I'm going 95 miles an hour from the time I get up until the time I'm in bed around 9:30 pm. And no, I don't just mean on the freeway.
So, now the questions
Do I get to be a present mom still even with all this to accomplish?
Is my marriage fun and fulfilling even with my businesses to run and manage?
What about time for myself to just sit and soak in the tub?
Is there a way to successfully complete all those duties and still be focused?
Focus: the center of interest or activity or to pay particular attention to.
The state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition or adapting to the prevailing level of light and becoming able to see clearly. Use in a sentence: Are you making the choice to focus on one activity at at time?
It's been a learned process for me. I wasn't always present with my kids and I wasn't always as organized as I am now.
And it’s still not perfect but nothing is.
The key is that I chose to learn - more on that to come - how to become better and by doing so, my tasks throughout the day became more and more accomplished and fulfilled.
So, what changed?
I realized that I didn't have to respond to an email two seconds after it hit my inbox.
Instead, I could intentionally choose to respond when I wanted to.
I could continue playing basketball with my boys and give them my full attention, just like my email would eventually get my full attention.
Both activities without distraction.
What about my business?
I realized that I could create my trading schedule as exactly that, creating it within my already found schedule.
I discovered that I could focus on the one thing in front of me as I intentionally created my present moment.
Present rather than doing this and that while wrapped up in thought about what I had to do next.
I went from distracted to being able to create possibility right at my fingertips, right in the present moment.
Easier said than done?
Sure, if that's the perception you choose.
See what I did there?
You choose your schedule, your response, your time.
The truth is, your schedule is not thrust upon you – unless you allow that.
Don't be victim to your naturally found schedule. It is not always easy but it is always your choice.
Change and implement it in a different way if you feel that is better choice.
I know I did.
It's been the best blessing I could have given my kids and my husband.
And I can still be a rockstar with my businesses, clients, and financial gains as a trader.
The best part?
It is my privilege to fully focus on each person or task throughout my day.
Can you imagine a day like this for yourself?
Maybe you can. Maybe you cannot.
Either way, I challenge you to picture a day full of focus and purpose.