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2.
The distracting item, person, or activity that keeps you from doing what you should be doing.

Something unintentional or unforseen that distracts you from getting anything done or goals accomplished.
Marlene was working at peak efficiency when opening up her email became the "shiny object" to her day.

I really wanted to be productive this weekend, but my kid getting sick became my shiny object.
by ADHD Fabulous June 03, 2009
 
1.
Someone who is easily distracted by shiny objects, similar to a cat who gets distracted when you shake a shiny object or toy in his face. A person who is not very intelligent.
That girl is so dumb. Yeah, she's easily distracted by shiny objects.
by Kristi Longmire May 30, 2008
 
3.
A person of the opposite sex used to distract you for a short period of time, not intended for the long term.
Kelly hooked up with Rob last night, but she's not interested in dating him, he's just a shiny object to her.
by northeastchik October 23, 2009