I’m trying to cut out distractions that prevent me from getting stuff done. You know, the digital catnip that pulls you from that looming work deadline, upcoming bill or anything else that needs to get done ASAP but doesn’t, because, well…I’m not quite sure what happens if I miss a detail of Jennifer Aniston’s wedding (is that still happening, btw?)
I sat down the other day to identify and knock out the biggest offenders – headlines, compelling stories, images, or products that masterfully lure me from the task at hand. My plan: to figure out what disables me (much like kryptonite acts on Superman) so I can avoid it in the hopes of becoming even an eency bit more productive.
With that, I’ve identified the top 5 distractions that get me every time. Any of these lure you in recently?
1. Any article that boasts a picture of Kim & Kanye. Look, I’ve made peace that I engage in activities that kill a few brain cells every now and then. But the amount I have learned about these two since they gave birth simply defies logic. I resolve to know 100% less about them starting NOW.
Think you’re above all? Let’s see if you’re tempted to click this link of before and after Photoshop shots of Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry, George Clooney, etc? Yeah, may the odds be ever in your favor. They aren’t in mine, that’s for damned sure.
3. Any email touting a beauty product that acts as a “Primer” – this is grade A catnip for the over 35 set – because what does a primer do? It makes things adhere better. Once upon a time I used a primer to prep walls before slapping on a coat of paint – now, why not apply that same principal to my body? Who can’t see the benefit of an “eye lid primer”, or a “facial primer”? Is it any wonder recently shelled out $20, for a “hair primer”????
Total waste, by the way. Save your money.
4. Any email that references a particular style, whether it’s “Bohemian”, “Classic”, “Preppy”, “Edgy” – even if it doesn’t appeal to me, I’m in. I just have to see what the Bohemian, Classic, Preppy, Edgy crowd is wearing and where they are theoretically hanging out. How else will I be able to recognize them? Shopbop and Piperlime, you bitches have my number.
5. A flash sale touting a pet bed (I have dogs who deserve only the best – provided it’s on massive sale). I’ll purchase it 10% faster if it includes the words “comfort” or “majestic” – case in point – Groupon’s recent “majestic pet bed”. This time the word “bagel” was thrown in for good measure. Not sure if that helped or hindered but let’s just say, it’s ordered and should arrive shortly.
What’s your catnip? Tell me, please!