I cannot recall the amount of times I’ve went to the shops to buy something and I come back with a bag full of everything I DON’T need! Thank Consumer Rights Act 2015 for your returns policy. Have you planned to do something but somehow and at the most inconvenient time your attention is deterred, falling victim of distraction? Well, if you can relate read on..
I ran into this bit of information and had to share. It’s said that the word distraction derived from an old French term for a medieval torture method. Now let me try and explain this without being too graphic. So they would tie a rope around the victim’s wrist and ankles and attach each rope to a horse. Simultaneously they would strike the horse, each of them running in their own direction painfully killing the poor person in the middle. This is distraction! Ok a little dramatic but this is what it can do, it destroys! It kills our focus, drive, motivation, relationships, dreams and the list goes on. In order to reach the goals we’ve set in our careers, fitness, family and finances etc, it’s important that we address this. Below are just 4 things that helps me to stay focus. Whether you have long or short term goals, these points will equip you against this silent enemy.
1. Switch it off! We live in an interactive society, there’s always something tugging for our attention. We can’t completely hide from this unless you want to live under a rock! So turning off your electrical appliances can significantly reduce the chances of being distraction. If that’s too unrealistically for you, something as simple as switch off your notifications a few hours a day will significantly increase your concentration and rest your mind.
2. Be accountable to someone! Telling someone the goals you’ve set and the deadlines you have is a good way of staying on track. A bit of tough love. A good kick in the right place from a friend or family should help you get your focus and drive back.
3. Set realistic goals! Don’t cram in too much in a short space of time. Try to focus on only 3 things max at a time. Have your energy focused towards only a few things. The brain works better when its attention isn’t divided. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” Alexander Graham Bell
4. Stop! Distractions aren’t always external, they can also internal. If you find that your mind keeps wondering, look into why? What’s going on? It’s best to deal with the issue that to suppress it.
From One Discovering Soul To Another – Don’t let distraction be the death of Us!