“Starve Your Distractions. Feed Your Focus.” – Anonymous
Have you ever flown across the country?
If so, you can speak to the phenomenon of PRODUCTIVITY that happens when you are at 30,000 feet.
It’s called AIRPLANE MODE.
Many frequent fliers tell tales of getting more work done on a cross country flight than an entire week in the office.
AIRPLANE MODE serves up the perfect work environment:
- Zero distractions (barring that screaming baby 2 rows back):
- No interruptions.
- Your phone does not buzz every 10 seconds.
You are in a bubble.
Work gets done:
- Presentations get finished.
- Books get read.
- Blogs get written.
Author Peter Shenkman brags about writing 28,000 words for one of his books on a single flight.
One of the BEST IDEAS I discovered in 2017 was bringing AIRPLANE MODE to ground level.
It’s an awesome way to get work done.
I spend 1 hour of each day on AIRPLANE MODE.
Jon Acuff talks about this concept in his book FINISH.
There’s no need to wait for your next trip to Las Vegas to make progress on an important project.
We can create an uninterrupted, distraction free bubble to do our most important work on the ground.
The start of the year is a great opportunity to experiment with new ways of doing things.
So buckle your seat belts.
Put your tray tables in their locked upright position.
And stow that carry-on bag under your seat.
TIME TO GO ON AIRPLANE MODE:
CHOOSE ONE PROJECT
What’s the ONE THING you need to finish?
What project has been hanging over your head for too long?
Choose that one.
PICK YOUR PLACE
Find a place where you will not be tempted by distractions.
I found my home office was a terrible place to get work done.
There were just too many distractions.
So much so that I gave up my home office.
It was converted into a playroom.
I find cafes and local libraries work way better.
GET YOUR TIMING RIGHT
What time of day are you at your best?
Schedule AIRPLANE MODE at your mental peak.
I’m a morning person. For me, the earlier the better.
Night time does not work.
I fade late afternoon like the Dallas Cowboys in December.
Shut your phone down. Turn off your ipad.
What if my kids call?
What if I miss a customer email?
The world will be there 59 minutes later when you reconnect.
SET A TIMER
I put my iPhone on AIRPLANE MODE.
Then I set 60 minutes on my timer app.
The first couple times I found myself looking up every 5 minutes.
Eventually the hour flies by.
GET TO WORK
Don’t let the distractions of everyday life keep you from doing your best work.
Bruce Lee said, “The successful warrior is the average person, with laser focus.”
Starve your distractions.
Feed your focus.
Go on AIRPLANE MODE.
And watch your productivity TAKE OFF.