Wisdom, with modern implications, from Michael Wade. Days of Distraction
commentary, by yours truly…
Allow yourself to be temporarily distracted by pondering the number of distractions you encounter each hour, never mind each day. Pretty big number, eh?
In his article, Michael discusses the types of distractions that are usually self-imposed or “internal”. Although significant by themselves, there are also the “external” distractions.
In a small office like ours, we are often called into a crisis (or soon to be) situation, detouring us away from our scheduled tasks. These “distractions” become opportunities for outstanding customer service and relationship building.
Remember, I work in the world of unforeseen events. It is also not uncommon for people to arrive, unannounced and expect to sit down and talk to someone about whatever it is they want to talk about. We strive to accommodate those visitors, whenever possible, but it does take you away from what you were doing before they walked in the door. It is simply part of our reality and we deal with it cheerfully.
I’ll admit that there are some days that I leave for home without completing much of what I started out doing that morning….but hopefully, I touched someone’s life in a positive way.
Many days, it is the distractions that make my career more interesting and rewarding.