How to reclaim your time and become Indistractable?
I defined, in my last video, how it is of primary importance to ensure employees are psychologically safe when in the workplace, not only for their well-being but also for their productivity and creativity.
One cause of psychological issues in the workplace that many may experience is called job strain. This notion is explained as employees feeling the need to meet high expectations and at the same time, not having control over their work outcomes. It indeed generates stress and lowers the well-being of employees.
Job strain and how to overcome it is discussed in the latest book of Nir Eyal, Indistractable. One possibility to reclaim your peace of mind is to acknowledge that controlling the outcomes is difficult, not always in your hands, and subject to external complications.
Nonetheless, you do have control over the inputs. You can control when to work on a subject, how long to work on it and most importantly, you can decide to be focused only on this, to produce quality work efficiently.
A tool to assist anyone “being in the zone” is shared by Nir in his book. It simply consists of a red card, stating: “I am focused, please come back later”. You can put it on your computer or desk to indicate to everybody, without being rude, that right now, you need to get something done and it is best not to interrupt you.
More about mastering your time with Nir Eyal
If you want to learn more about how to be focused and regain control of your time, I recommend reading “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” by Nir Eyal.
Nir is already a best-seller with his first book “Hooked”, where he described how companies like Facebook develop their applications to be addictive. In his new publication, Nir helps us understand why we are “distractable”, and what to do to become “indistractable” – not necessarily to achieve more in less time, but essentially to achieve what is important to us.
Although we surely heard once to twice some of his advice, this compilation is particularly efficient and conveys a great message. I especially like the revisited “time boxing” section where we are asked to schedule our weekly time using what is important for us. If we don’t do it, then this is just a thought and doesn’t materialize.
For Nir, being a good husband and father is in his core values, so he is blocking time in his calendar. For me, being close to the sea is in my core values, so I block time to go practice water sport.
If you want to know more about this book: “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life”, use this link: https://amzn.to/311GXg7