Overcoming distractions – You can’t ignore this if you must attain anything worthwhile in this dispensation.
The digital age, with its many opportunities, carries along its baggage of pitfalls – Distraction
Attention span is getting short.
People are losing focus.
Distraction is becoming the norm.
While advertising companies and brands will try to meet you where they can get you, quickly and briefly, the truth remains, true greatness will always require focus, time and concentration.
However busy the world and the Internet has become, you must find ways to stay focus, creative and effective.
“The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” Alexander Graham Bell
Research shows that the average person checks their phones 200 to 500 times every single day. Scaring reality.
Creativity and distraction like two sides of a coin can never meet. Fortunately, you can help yourself. First with the right mindset, the right knowledge, and the right emotions.
- Get serious about being focused
You can never get focused by mistake. You will never stumble into concentration. You need all the guts and determination to keep focus!
Don’t ever think that one day, just because you desire it, you will suddenly become focused. If you don’t put in the work and concentrate your whole heart to it, your distraction will get worse.
The first step to staying focus is getting ready, seriously ready. Mentally, emotionally and otherwise.
The battle to keep you distracted is so fierce that if you don’t fiercely fight for your focus, you will never have it.
It’s like breaking an addiction. It is exactly. Distraction has become an addiction to many. Your brain has been wired to reward the short attention span and little pleasures you derived when we go through your feeds or receive a ‘like’ on your post.
You must break out and FREE. Ready?
- Keep your phone away
This looks like a tough one, but it’s actually the list you should consider tough.
Any conversation you can have outside of your phone should be made outside your phone.
Any job you can do without your phone should be done without your phone.
Don’t wake up in the morning and head first to your phone, reach out to your Bible instead, or meditate.
Don’t be in a hurry to pick your phone and start scrolling at every little chance. Train your instinct, discipline yourself, and bear the tormenting feeling that you are losing out.
The good news is, you are not! You are actually building capacity and skills the world is deeply in need of.
When you sleep, keep your phone away!
When you eat, keep your phone away!
When you are having business or friendly conversation, keep your phone far away!
When at work, keep your phone away!
When in church, keep your phone away!
When you pray, keep your phone far away!
Reject the urge to go through your social media feed at the middle of a discussion or an important event.
The greatest gift you can give yourself, your friend or your client, is the gift of performance of your attention. Robin Sharma
Now that you have your attention away from your phone
- Spend time alone every day
Give yourself two to five hours everyday alone. Your phones and all other gadgets that keep you digitally distracted should be set aside, preferably in another room.
The more time you spend alone, focus on your work, the longer your attention power, the better your plans, the more productive you become.
Train your brain to reward you for doing productive things. Running online to see what’s going on is not an activity, at least not a fruitful one.
During this quiet time alone, if you must have any gadget around you, then it should be to play one of these tracks by Binaural. It is a proven booster of your productive power!
Have you been battling with distraction? What are you doing to overcome? If you have overcome already, what did you do? Share your experience below in the comment session.
Content Strategist, Writer