My Biggest Distraction

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

You know what my biggest distraction is? Talk radio.

Yup, it keeps me from getting any work done. Mainly sports talk radio in St. Louis. It starts at about 9am and I do not stop listening until about 3pm. It is tough for me to turn it off and focus on my work. I get about 3 minutes of work in during the commercials and then go back to listening.

I have a problem.

What is your biggest distraction during the day?


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Matthew Snider

    My problem is interruptions from my coworkers. Something that is necessary BUT literally takes me a good 10 minutes to refocus and BAM another interruption. I so need a door!

    • Kyle Reed

      ya I remember when I worked in cube world and had the hardest time getting anything done because I just wanted to talk to everyone around me. you probably would not have liked me :)

  • Michael

    Email. I check it way too much. To be honest about every 10 minutes.

    • Kyle Reed

      me too. I leave it up all day which every time it dings I go and look. its a very bad habit.

  • Jonathan Pearson

    Interrupting coworkers. I can’t sit still very long, so I end up walking around the office and talking to entertain myself.

    • Kyle Reed

      i use to do that all the time. Now I just do it in coffee shops :)

  • Jeff Goins

    Social media.

    • Kyle Reed

      oh yes…probably one of the biggest distractions out there.

  • Shelby

    social media… napping… sunshine… the appeal of laying in the grass in our courtyard at school is just so so tempting!

  • Jenny

    Social Media, Text Messages, Blogs, netflix, music, my mind.

    I am easily one of the most distracted people, ever..

    I am also a distraction. I get a whole class to laugh when we are supposed to be learning. I get in trouble for talking in huge lecture classes. I just get bored.

    Actually, as we speak im trying to study with my friend Jordan in the coffee shop for an exam tomorrow. i actually have just now started studying and look what I’m doing. Oh crap. You caught me in the act.

    • Kyle Reed

      yes, most of the time we are the biggest distractions to ourselves.

  • wvpv

    Google Reader.

    • Kyle Reed

      oh yes, the place where you can go and kill 3 or 4 hours

  • Jason

    My biggest distraction during the day is 6, calls me “daddy” and likes to jump on my back at odd times.

    • Kyle Reed

      Oh man, I cannot imagine throwing kids into the mix of my distractions. God bless your for that and may you continue to have patience

  • Dewayne Neeley

    I could answer with the obvious – Facebook, Twitter, email, coworkers talking to me, coworkers I overhear – but I think there’s more to it. I think my biggest distraction is my own lack of focus. When I’m focused, perhaps trying to meet a deadline or even working to get things wrapped up before a long weekend, I can filter the important from the frivolous quite easily. My lack of focus allows me to jump on Facebook or Twitter just because I thought to do so. Perhaps there are others who share this sentiment, that it’s the distraction is just an isolated entity…what allows it become a distraction is our own weakness and lack of focus.

    • Kyle Reed

      I have felt that way before and have noticed times when I am “in the zone” and then other times when I am no where close to being focused or accomplishing anything.

      For you, do you notice some correlation or different circumstances to when you are “in the zone” and when you are not?

  • Brad Blackman

    Facebook, Twitter, and my kids. Yesterday I had to go to the park (no wifi that I knew of; I didn’t even try) to get some writing done. I can’t work at the house; have to go to Starbucks or somewhere.