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To call something a distraction you need to know what it is distracting you from, to differentiate between traction and distraction you have to plan ahead.
When planning your calendar make sure it reflects your values so you can become the person you aspire to be.
A framework which you can use to schedule a balanced life is the three life domains: you, relationships and work. Plan your day to spend time within each domain according to your values.
Scheduling isn't easy, hence why you'll need to revise and refine your schedule regularly. Despite that, you must commit to it once it's set.
"The people we love most should not be content with getting whatever time is left over. Everyone benefits when we hold time on our schedule to live up to our values and do our share."
"Using a detailed, timeboxed schedule helps clarify the central trust pact between employers and employees."
"In fact, studies have found that workers who spend more than fift-five hours per week on the job have reduced productivity; this problem is further compounded by their making more mistakes and inflicting more useless work on their colleagues, resulting in getting even less done in more time."
"When it comes to our time, we should stop worrying about outcomes we can't control and instead focus on the inputs we can. [...] The one thing we control is the time we put into a task."
If someone is important to you, make regular time for them on your calendar. The people you love deserve more than getting whatever time is left over.
Go beyond scheduling date days with your significant other. Put domestic chores on your calendar to ensure an equitable split.
As a relational being, maintaining important and healthy relationships is crucial for your life. A lack of close friendships may be hazardous to your health. Ensure you mantain important relationships by scheduling time for regular get-togethers.
"Values are not end goals; they are guidelines for our actions. [...] If we chronically neglect our values, we become someone we're not proud of - our life feels out of balance and disminished."
You are at the center of the three life domains, in order to fully experience relationships and work you have to schedule time for yourself first.
Outcomes are difficult to control, but what you can really control is the time and dedication you put into a task. Once you commit, do it.
Unlike outcome, input can be controlled by you. When it comes to living the life you want, making sure you allocate time to living your values is the only thing you should focus on.
Part 2 of Indistractable is dedicated to the conscious decision of making time for traction. The author divides this Part as follows:
"If I know how you spend your time, then I know what might become of you."
Synchronizing your schedule with workplace stakeholders is essential to take time for traction in your day.
Without visibility of how you spend your time, colleagues and managers are more likely to distract you with superfluous tasks.
Synchronize as often as your schedule changes. If your schedule template changes from day to day, have a daily check-in. However, most people find a weekly alignment is sufficient.
I'm a 23 yo life-passionated living in Barcelona. I write about many different topic books I read, as well as TED Talks and many other content.
These ideas are a summary of the Part 2 of Indistractable - Make Time for Traction. Soon I will publish more ideas respecting the remaining parts of the book in order to go deeper as it deserves.
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