I have to admit that lately I’ve been feeling a bit distracted. My blog posts haven’t been as good, I haven’t finished a book in a long time, and this past month has been one thing after another. Distractions are very powerful. (The reason we easily forget that is because, well, we’re distracted.)
Whatever Isn't Best
This is a big one for me. It’s easy to forget that not doing your best is actually a distraction too. We have the tendency to justify doing the bare minimum by saying “Well at least I..” instead of doing what we knew was best. Just because you did a good thing, doesn’t mean you did the best thing. Defining “best” is up to you in your current position, use your own discernment, but don’t let yourself be distracted by the “good” option just because it’s easy.
The Obvious Distractions
Phones, snacks, TV, music (the wrong kind), friends, etc…
Yeah, we all deal with these. Sometimes the act of putting these away is harder than getting the actual task done. Putting them away can be so freeing once we do it. Shut them out, and get the job done. Frankly I think the only way to fight these distractions is to fight them on your own. I’ve heard of setting aside 10 minutes every now and then just for these distractions, but ultimately it comes down to who you are and how you function best.
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This is the most evil distractions of all evil distractions. I love to daydream, so much so that I even identify myself as a “dreamer”. It’s easy for someone like me to label “daydreaming” as something that it’s often not. Such as “thinking”, “creativity”, or “brainstorming” - often lies but not always the case. Usually good things come from daydreaming, but this leads back to my first point - is it the best thing? Maybe not. Not always. That’s why it’s sneaky, it’s two in one.
Go away distractions, I don’t need you in my life anymore.