Jan 5 – Distraction Attractions

Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP

Cheetah Certified Project Manager (CCPM) Tip of the Day

Even though I’m now an empty nest Mom, I remember the days when my kids got their first cell phones.   Lucky for me, that was just a couple years before texting was big.  But the societal pressures then were as great as they are now to be always accessible for my kids, and vice versa.   If I wasn’t accessible to them 24/7 I was some how not being a good parent.   And if they weren’t accessible to me – OMG, what horrors of all horrors had befallen them?   It’s remarkable we all survived.

So, it’s no wonder most of us are now addicted to connecting with others 24/7.   But there is a price to pay for all of this.  The more you give in to these instant communications – be it texting, instant message chat, emailing, Facebook-ing – the more you develop a part of your brain that releases the feel-good neurotransmitter, dopamine.  Over time, it becomes harder to focus and finish anything of substance.  I remember before the internet came into existence, I used to knit sweaters and make quilts; now, sometimes making dinner even seems like too much of an undertaking.

There are ways though to counter this increasing inability to focus and pursue more complex goals.   And this is what Cheetah Certified Project Managers learn how to do.  To learn more check out: www.cheetahcertifiedpm.com

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