Guys, it's only day two and, like a moth to a flame, I'm being drawn to Wimbledon. I don't play tennis or watch any of the other tournaments, heck, I don't even know the off side rule (football joke, it's still the World Cup for some people...) but for some reason, I can't get enough of that blimmin' grassy strawberry fuelled event. (C'MON ANDY!)
If I'm honest, it's not just Wimbledon I find difficult to avoid. Those back to back re-runs of Come Dine With Me are darned tempting too. Can't not get enough of Dave Lamb, the majorly hilarious narrator.
OK look, it's not just #CDWM and #Wimbledon. There's those 'Real Housewives...' shows, and 'Millionaire Matchmaker'. Flip, you'd think I had nothing better to do. It's not like I'm trying to run a business here. If, like me, you get distracted by the mere flicker of a LDC HD 42 incher (ooh matron) or anything else for that matter, computer games, Facebook, an upturned fly that can't get up buzzing round in a circle, I do a couple of things to ensure my productivity stays higher than the décolletage of the New Jersey Wives gang.
1) Remove yourself from the distraction, or it from you. For me that's no TV in, or turned on in, the workspace area when I'm trying to work. I have an office. Which has no telly. But it's at the back of the house, so doesn't get as much sun. And when the sun comes out in the UK you have to soak it up. So sometimes I move to the living room. Where there is a TV the size of a small car. Then the temptation is right there. All shiny and full of hot, sweaty dudes (during Wimbles. at any rate...) So I turn it off to concentrate. Sounds simple. Well it's not. I've got the will power of a nun in a cucumber field. So.....
2) I do allow myself the odd peek. Don't deprive yourself from your distraction completely, you'll want it more. Unlike some homeworkers, I don't find it hard to stop working. I make myself stop, a proper lunch (say 30-45mins) is at least must. During this time, I allow myself to indulge in my temptation, and kick back with a sandwich, an 'erbal tea and lose myself in something trashy. Problem solved.
It's important to take breaks and treat yourself. When you run your own business, long term burn out is always a risk, you're the only person who can make it work so you have to keep pushing. But I've made sure to teach myself to stop for breaks from the offset. And I've felt the benefits. After lunch and a bit of Dave Lamb's banter, I'm ready to rock, refreshed and eager to get back to it.
If someone could just come over and blindfold me for the duration of Wimbledon? That'd be great, ta.
What's your distraction? Let me know. Admitting it is the first step...
DEUCE! Back to work.