5 Ways to Reduce Interruptions and Move Towards Your Dreams

Are you ready to reduce interruptions in your life? Don’t worry you are not alone!

The main reason women sign-up to coaching or attend events with Habits for Wellbeing is to make a change or shift in their career and life. To shift from challenging, self-defeating or draining behaviours to empowering and self-fulfilling behaviours (i.e. habits for wellbeing). These shifts could be made in different areas of a persons life including –

  1. Career / Business,
  2. Confidence / Emotional Awareness,
  3. Giving / Contribution / Community,
  4. Family / Friends,
  5. Health / Body / Fitness,
  6. Intimate Relationship,
  7. Leisure / Fun,
  8. Life Purpose / Passion,
  9. Money / Finances,
  10. Personal Growth / Learning,
  11. Space / Physical Environment, and
  12. Travel / Holidays.

 

When women are starting to think about change, they can start to realise how many interruptions are happening in their life. In this post, we will –

  • Identify What is an Interruption?
  • Types of Interruptions
  • Discover 5 Ways to Reduce Interruptions

 

What is an Interruption?

There are a few definitions of interruptions, including –

Are there any others you would add?

 

Types of Interruptions

There are many types of interruptions. They can essentially be broken down in to internal and external interruptions. Internal interruptions come from within us and external interruptions come from outside of us. Examples of internal interruptions include –

  • Emotions,
  • Thoughts,
  • Makes excuses,
  • Procrastinating,
  • Saying “yes” to everyone,
  • Hunger,
  • Tiredness,
  • Discomfort and/or pain.

 

Some examples of external distractions include –

  • Digital notifications,
  • Phone calls,
  • Email,
  • Technology (i.e. computer, iPad etc.),
  • Clutter,
  • Mail, and
  • People.

 

5 Ways to Reduce Interruptions

There are a number of ways to reduce interruptions in my life. 5 ways include –

  1. Keep an interruption log. Identify a time frame (i.e. 1 week) and then write down the interruptions you had during the week (i.e. date/time, who, how, length of interruption). Then reflect how you can manage your interruptions better.
  2. Identify what is in your control and what is not. Once you have identified your interruptions, then identify if these interruptions are in your control or not. If they are in your control, see what you can do to manage them and if they are not in your control, decide what your next step will be.
  3. Identify your priorities. What do you really want? Once you know this, you can then prioritise your responses. As the saying by Lewis Carroll goes “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”
  4. Learn to say “no” – you don’t have to overcommit, take on more than you can handle or say “no” to other people’s demands on your time. Sometimes a “no” can be “no not now”, not “no” completely! This also links in to knowing our own priorities and commitments.
  5. Switch off communication. Yes I know this be challenging! However, why not turn off your mobile phone, social media and e-mail notifications? You can start with a small amount of time if this is challenging. You might be surprised how much easier it is to concentrate without these distractions.

 

I hope these ideas have helped you to start to reduce interruptions so you can live your life wholeheartedly. Remember – “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

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