Are You Working Harder Without Accomplishing More? This Could Be Why.

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Have you ever suffered an attack of the “lemme-justs”? Are the “lemme-justs” out on the hunt, just one step away from tanking your day?

Or perhaps you have no idea what I’m talking about!

So let me explain.

The “lemme-justs” is a term (coined by one of my fantastic clients!) for when you continually let small things eat up your time, so that you’re running late, blowing past your timeblocks without a second glance, and then falling into bed exhausted wondering where the time went.

It’s productivity-death by 1,000 paper cuts.

The “lemme-justs” are contributing to making you feel busy without actually crossing much off the list. They’re sneaky little jerks. Because a “lemme-just “almost always takes more time than you think.

Here are a few examples:

Sound familiar?

Don’t worry; you’re not alone. We have so much information coming at us. So many requests. So many messages. So many mentions. It’s no wonder we feel like we have to do these things in the moment.

In fact, it often feels like if we don’t do these things RIGHT NOW, as we are thinking about them, they’ll never be done.

It’s a vicious cycle.

And if we realize that, then why do we let this happen so darn often?

And why is it so detrimental?

Well, the “lemme-justs” are a very reactive way of being. When we’re at the mercy of the “lemme-justs”, we’re either following the whims of our brains, or the whims of someone else’s. The “lemme-justs” aren’t planned for. They’re just what’s come up right now. And they may be, but are usually not, more important than what you’d planned to do right now.

The “lemme-justs” are often just another form of distraction.

And studies show us that when we’re distracted or interrupted, it takes, on average, 23 minutes to refocus.

Imagine how much time you’d save if you stopped bouncing around between “lemme-justs”?

And lest you think I’ll leave you in the lurch with out a strategy, here is it:

How to combat the “lemme-justs”

Have you got a strategy for combatting the “lemme-justs”?

Let me know in the comments!

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Originally published at on October 31, 2022.



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