Distractions are everywhere. As life gets busy, we often don't realize, if we are going, or coming. Sometimes I feel like I have ADHD. My attention span is short, I get forgetful, I start a task, and don't complete it. My mind is constantly racing, worrying about the future tasks, while trying to complete the task at hand. I realized, I had to get rid of the distractions in my life. A distraction is anything that prevents someone from giving their full attention to something else. My distractions were causing me to forget stuff, focus, and concentrate. I didn’t realize how harmful my distractions were to my life. I’m a busy person. I work full-time, go to school full-time, a mom, and a wife. From helping my children with homework during the week, completing my own homework, on top of balancing work duties, scheduling appointments for the children, taking the children to sport practice, running errands for the house, and spending time with my husband. I was feeling over extended. I was constantly thinking about all the things I had to complete for the next day, next week, or month, that I was unable to focus on the tasks I needed to complete on the current day. I was always running late, and rescheduling appointments.
Distractions were starting to control my life, and I knew I had to do something to gain my life back. I was overwhelmed, and I didn’t know what to do, but I knew that I couldn’t continue to allow distractions to interfere with my life. I began writing down everything I needed to get done each week. I’m an organized person, and I have plenty of organizational notebooks. I have a notebook for bills, blog writing, appointments, work notes, and the list goes on. I had to start putting my notebooks into use, and sticking to it. Before I started, I had to first accept, that there are going to be things that I wouldn’t be able to complete, but if I completed the important stuff, then I would be fine. I also began balancing my time. When I got to school early, I would study before class started. During my free time at work, I would work on the things I had to complete for home. At appointments, I would bring my school work, and read while I waited.
Since I’m in school, my schedule will stay busy, until I graduate, so I knew I had to figure out a way to balance my time. If we are honest, we have more time than we really think we do. How many times do we find ourselves on our phones, checking social media, texting, and talking to our friends? While we’re doing that, we can be focusing on the tasks for the week. I knew that I was wasting a lot of spare time, and there was no excuse for it. I had to eliminate the distractions in my life, so I could focus on the things that I wanted in life. If you're striving for a purpose, you won't reach your goals, with distractions. Distractions can be friends, family, social media, materialistic things, such as video games. Whatever is getting in the way of your success, causing you not to focus, will always be a hindrance, if you don't allow yourself to be removed from it. Whatever isn't growing you, or adding value to your life, will only get in the way of your success. You can spend time letting your day waste away with distractions, or you can figure out how you can eliminate them. Choose to starve your distractions, feed your focus, and keep moving! Your future is in your hands, how you choose to use it, is up to you.
How to Eliminate Distractions?
· Silence your phone when you are completing a task. Sometimes we think we can focus on one task at a time, but the truth is we can’t. According to an article on business insider by Aaron Taube, scientific research suggests that only 2% of the population are capable of multi-tasking effectively. When I need to get my homework complete, I make sure it’s quiet, and I silence my phone.
· Make a check list. When you have a lot to complete, it’s easier to make a list, so you won’t forget anything. I feel so loss, if I don’t have a list. I remember going to a store at least three times, and forgetting what I was going to the store for. A list will help you stay on track, and if it’s a grocery list, it might help you save money.
· Take a break. When you have a heavy load like I do, you tend to get burnt out easily. If you make a goal to complete all your task on time each day, then you will have a day for yourself, to do whatever you want to do. I make Friday my day because I don't have school, the children don't have school work, or practice. I relax, take myself out to eat sometimes, and catch up on my sleep on my free day.
· Remember not every task will be completed! If you can be okay with not getting something that is less important done, then you will be fine. I do laundry daily, but I don’t always put the clothes up on the day of. I used to obsess over not getting task done, but once I stop obsessing over it, I felt relieved.
Distractions can get in the way of your life, but it’s up to you to figure out how to eliminate them.
Part of being successful is refusing to allow the distractions on the journey to stop you from reaching the destination! – Sheryl Brady