Podcast Episode 144 — The Most Common Daily Distractions

Lisa Sealey
3 min readMay 13, 2024

How many of these plague you?

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We are constantly bombarded with distractions in our daily lives, and unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate all of them. Knowing the most common distractions can help you avoid them when you’re working and need to focus.

If you ask several productivity and time management specialists, they will each give you a list of their top distractions. They will probably have most, if not all, of the distractions on my list, but the order will probably be different.

I maintain that the number one distraction facing people today is social media.

Don’t get me wrong. Social media has some redeeming qualities and a place in your day. I use it for my business. But even I can be seduced by my friends' posts, the cute kittens, dogs, and otters, and sales pitches from people touting the newest thing they think we all need.

By all means, enjoy your social media time. But be mindful of exactly how much time you’re spending with it. Schedule times to check it, and set a timer so you don’t suddenly wonder where the last 2 hours went.

Next on my list are notifications. Does your phone or computer ping whenever someone posts on Facebook, X, Instagram, or TikTok? What about when you receive emails?



Lisa Sealey

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