What distractions are draining your energy and keeping you from reaching your goals?
There are plenty of distractions in the modern world. They take away your focus and your energy and can stop you from having the life you want. If you’re not hitting your goals, maybe it’s time to look at your main distractions and do something about them.
Here are the most common distractions that are likely stopping you from living your best life.
“Don't lose the voice you were divinely given to your own distractions.” ― Richie Norton
It won’t surprise you to hear that the biggest distraction for most people today is social media, and the hours it eats out of the day. Take a quick look at your Instagram feed or Facebook, and before you know it, you’re mindlessly scrolling through what looks like other people’s perfect lives.
It’s time to take stock and decide how much of your life you want to spend watching what other people are doing. Set some boundaries about when and how long you will spend on social media. Take a look at your “friends” and see if they're people you want to know.“We lead our lives so poorly because we arrive in the present always unprepared, incapable, and too distracted for everything.”― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Life Click To Tweet
Smartphones are great tools, but they can quickly become a huge distraction. Look around and see how many people are walking down the street with their eyes glued to their phones. Think about how long you can go without checking your phone. Try leaving your phone in your purse or your pocket when you go out for a meal. Leave it at home when you take the dog for a walk.
Another tip is to remove some of the apps on your phone. Work out what you need and delete the rest. And remember, mobile games are one of the biggest time-wasters. Think about how you want to use your time and be strategic about how you use your phone.
Surfing the Internet
How much time do you waste watching meaningless YouTube videos or binge-watching box sets? These might feel like simple, relaxing things to do, but if you’re not careful, they can drain as much time as social media.
Keep focused on how you want your life to be and make decisions about how much recreational TV you want to watch.“I don't deal with people who have no goals and no vision. If that sounds like you, stay away from me. I'm not your kind of person. ”― Germany Kent Click To Tweet
Giving your time away to negative people can be damaging to your success. You can probably name the people at the office or in your life who drain you of energy and who take up a lot of time with their complaining, attention-seeking, and neediness.
If there are people around you who are undermining your chances of meeting your goals, you need to set some healthy boundaries and get out of their orbit. Look for positive, high energy people who will support you and cheer you on.
Lack of Planning
Get into the habit of planning your day or weeks in advance. Doing so will make it less likely for you to get sidetracked by lesser priorities. This same mindset can apply when it comes to managing and spending your money. Create a budget in advance and do everything within your power to stick to it and not be sidetracked by other more tempting distractions that you know are lurking around the way.“Open the aperture of awareness so that light shines through and distractions are defocused.” ― Khang Kijarro Nguyen Click To Tweet
Difficult Tasks We Dread
Research says that our minds are the sharpest in the morning. It is to our benefit to tackle our most dreadful tasks first. The quicker we complete them, the sooner we can handle the work that doesn’t require as much of a mental strain. The more we talk about how we dislike doing them, the more time and energy we waste, and ultimately, we end up not doing anything.
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