I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much I let distractions dictate my life.
Distraction is real. It is an energy-drainer, focus-stealer, relationship-tester, and overall problem with just about everyone these days (not just the teenagers), and not just me.
"Just checking" our phones has turned into a major waste of time for many of us. A telling statistic is the average person checks their phone 150 times a day (The Model Health Show, Episode 307). That's time we could use to work out, meditate, shop for fresh produce, write a thank-you note, have coffee with a friend, read a book, take a walk, volunteer, play catch with your kids, or anything else that could boost our quality of life.
Our phones aren't our only distractions. Sometimes we are our own biggest obstacle. In his article, "9 Ever-Present Distractions That Keep Us From Fully Living," blogger Joshua Becker outlines ways that we avoid being present with our thoughts, tasks, and the people around us. A quote under the first distraction, "the promise of tomorrow," goes like this: “We waste so many days waiting for the weekend. So many nights wanting morning. Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life.” -- Joshua Glenn Clark
Being present is tough when our minds are bombarded with more information than ever before. In fact, it is said we take in 5 times more data a day than adults did in 1986! (The Chalene Show, Episode 102). This overload affects our ability to focus and complete tasks, and our attention span can take a dive. Some experts believe, based on a recent study, that we have a shorter attention span than a goldfish! Check out the article HERE and a rebuttal HERE (which I personally want to believe).
Awareness of what environments, situations, activities, things, or people distract us the most is the first step towards being present. The next is to set boundaries or rules to live by that enable us to focus when we need to without sacrificing time on our wonderful digital devices.
For your learning pleasure, the podcasts below are great to listen to on your commute, errands, etc., and can help give you ideas on how to minimize distractions and improve focus.
Episode 307, "The Model Health Show," with Shawn Stevenson, talks about "12 Tips For Conquering Distraction and Getting More Done."
I wish I could say I didn’t allow any distractions while writing this post, but, hey, I’m only human.
Always yours in Health,