It certainly seems that living distracted has become our default setting as human beings.
We all know the things that are most distracting to us personally. The list can include:
- nearby playing children
- crying babies
- loud talkers
- booth bouncers
- the omnipresent cell phone.
Did I leave out your favorite? Sorry, this can only be so long. At any rate, you certainly get the gist of the issue.
I’m constantly distracted, so what?
If you are only being distracted from mowing the lawn, making dinner or cleaning the house, it may be a blessing. If, however, the distraction is more consequential, it can literally be life or death. Driving, operating machinery and disarming bombs require our undivided attention. Distractions can literally be explosive.
Even socially, distractions can be challenging. When you are on a date, being distracted by the attractive waitress is a big no-no. In line at the DMV? Your attention needs to be fine-tuned to hear your lucky number when it’s called. Even worse, ever been to a meeting at a bar or restaurant? Then you definitely understand the meaning and effect of distractions.
Your first step should be to turn off your cell phone, send the kids to grandma and pop the cork on a nice bottle of wine. After that, take a close look at your lifestyle. A colleague of mine recently told me about a list he made of all the foods he likes and doesn’t like. He gave that to his wife, to “help” her with dinner planning. I understand that little distraction did not have the desired outcome. That does not mean a list of your own pet distractions wouldn’t be a good idea. With all your irritants laid out, perhaps eliminating a few will be that much easier.
Focus on the fun and the not so fun
Rest assured, you are not alone in your battle to stay focused. Every time you attend a meeting at the local bar or at the corner of the local restaurant, think of your fellow man. They are all suffering through the loud tv’s, crying babies and constant distractions of ordering food or drinks. You have the power to make sure those you work and play with are not distracted also. You can make sure they come away from the event you planned, feeling focused and happy.
How can you join the fight against distractions?
Simply call, email or visit The Beacon Center
The Beacon Center opened with many years of bar meetings and corner of the restaurant presentations under our belts. We can make sure the only thing you are distracted by during your event or meeting, is reminding people to turn off their cell phones or the screams of recognition during your meeting.
We specifically chose a quiet location, away from the hustle and bustle of today’s world. In addition, we planned our space, décor, and operations to enhance your function and allow you to focus on the important things. While we may not be able to stop all the distractions in our lives, by choosing a quiet, professional facility to hold your next event, you can escape them for a while.