The distracted zone takes up far too much time. Things in this zone seem urgent, but they are not really important. The distracted zone occurs when other people monopolize your attention. Things like emails and phone calls fall under the distracted zone. Important time and energy is given to other people’s priorities rather than personal goals.
Leaving the distracted zone:
Turn off email alert: Emails do not always need to be answered immediately. Constant email alerts are distractions that take people out of the proactive zone.
Create a time-blocked schedule: Schedule time to return phone calls and emails and build relationships. Work on projects during the time set aside for them, and do not allow yourself to become distracted by other people.
- Set boundaries: Stick to the schedule. Do not allow people to draw you away unless it is a real emergency. Be firm, and people will learn to respect your schedule.