Are you easily distracted? Work is chaotic and full of interruptions. But the benefits of working distraction-free are clear:
The question is “How do I eliminate those distractions?”
How did a small castle in Japan withstand a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in 2016?
It might sound cliché, but the Kunamoto Castle was built on a solid foundation. A solid foundation of rocks. It’s a castle that’s so tiny, yet, it was able to withstand a major powerful distrupting earthquake.
Likewise, we must build up our “Tiny Castle” when working. When built, it’ll withstand and defend against distractions coming from others in the house. And it’ll even guard us against online distractions such as social media, websites, and more.
This has allowed me to build up three successful businesses and spend time with my wife and daughter. I’ve also helped others become more productive at home and reach their goals.
And while some people “think” I have some natural talent to work distraction-free, I can tell you this:
Learning to work from home is not something you’re not born with. It’s a skill you have to learn. And when you have the right teacher teaching you the skills, you can learn them faster.
That’s why I’m incredibly proud to share what I call “The Tiny Castle Technique” with you today. It's for those who are easily distracted.
So you may be wondering, “How do I use the Tiny Castle Technique?”
There are three simple steps to using “The Tiny Castle Technique.”
Let’s review each in detail.
When you’re working from home, distractions could come from people in your house, your “Royal Family.” Your “Royal Family” may include your spouse, children, or friends (even some pets). They could be distracting you with anything and everything because in their eyes, you’re NOT actually working.
Now it’s obviously hard to escape from them working from home. However, you can “guide” them so that they can become less of a distraction to you.
This might seem tough, but I will go through this in way more detail with my one-on-one clients. But what’s essential (and before you move onto step 2) is that you guide your royal family on your side.
Once you’ve guided your Royal Family, it’s time to move onto Step 2.
According to the Webster dictionary:
In other words, a moat separates the castle from the outside world. And it defends it against an attack.
Here’s an illustration of a moat:
This is where The Tiny Castle Technique comes into play…
Distractions often come to us through one of our senses. Luckily, the five senses and the mind are quite easy to build a moat in front of our Tiny Castle. And it'll keep us from being easily distracted.
Let's take a look in detail.
Let’s say you’re working at home, and the UPS (or FedEx) delivery guy or gal comes along every day and rings the doorbell. You hear it, and run to open the door.
He walks closer to you and asks if you had a good day, where he should put the package, and if you saw the neighbors’ missing cat. Yadda yadda yadda, you get the point.
It goes without saying that this draws your attention away from your precious work time.
We have to build a Tiny Castle Moat. A moat that blocks our vision, hearing, and touch.
For example, you can do some or all of these things:
The key is creating a Tiny Castle Moat and preventing your eyes and ears to where the distractions are.
Try keeping a notepad handy. When you’re distracted, write it down. Then at the end of your workday, review to see how you can fix those visual, audio, and touch distractions.
Once you have your vision, hearing and touch distractions turned down, it’s time for tastes and smells.
This is one of my favorite ways to use the moat in “The Tiny Castle Technique.”
As an example, back in my old apartment, I work exactly 6 feet away from the kitchen. The smells would get to me, and my tummy (much smaller back then) would always tempt me to go in the kitchen. Moreover, I used a Tiny Castle Moat to eliminate distractions.
I went into the kitchen and got myself a glass of water and a snack. Behind me, I closed the door of the kitchen, so smells could no longer escape. Then I placed the glass of water right beside my laptop before working.
This helped me create a Tiny Castle Moat so I didn’t have to leave. My tummy was no longer grumbling to me being hungry or thirsty. Moreover, no smells were attracting me to the kitchen (because we all know how much time we spend in the kitchen working from home).
And, finally, there’s your mind.
That’s how many minutes researchers in Britain have found that the average British person has an attention span of fourteen minutes.
What’s worse is in the same group, adults watching television or looking at mobile device have an attention span of just 7 minutes. That’s 50% less while they were performing an activity.
When we’re working, or performing an activity, random thoughts fly through our mind. It’s like standing on the sidewalk and watching cars, our thoughts, whiz on by.
While we have no control over attention span, we can have control over our thoughts. And that’s why we need to build Tiny Castle Moat to buffer our thoughts.
How can we create a Tiny Castle Moat for our mind? One such way is by practicing meditation.
It’s a muscle that can be trained up starting with as little as 5 minutes a day.
Besides taking very little time to practice, mindfulness has many benefits including increased attention span, reduced stress, and increased ability to sustain attention.
Build the Tiny Castle Moat around your mind, and you’ll eliminate the distractions in your brain.
Now that we have our Tiny Castle Moat we must aggressively defend against attackers.
So we’ve built our Tiny Castle using the technique above. And it’s helping us block out distractions. But we all know working from home is chaotic, and there’s always distractions creeping up on us, no matter how well built our “Tiny Castle” is.
We must control the distraction and aggressively defend our work time. Only then can we continue to focus on our work.
Here are some of the best ways to defend against distractions:
Work time is not a playground, It’s an arena of grim earnest fighting. The ways above can be easily implemented. Pick ones that works for you.
“The Tiny Castle Technique” is a powerful method that I will cover in with my one-on-one clients in even greater detail to make life distraction-free.
Once built, you’ll be able to withstand massive distractions.
Just like the Kunamoto Castle that withstood a 7.3 magnitude earthquake.
So what’s the one thing you can do today to start building this “Tiny Castle”?
What’s one “Sensory Moat” you can build for your “Tiny Castle”? Will it be vision, hearing, touch, tastes, smells or the mind?
Tell me what you plan to do in the comments below.
And if you have any questions about “The Tiny Castle Technique,” leave them there below as well.