You Are My Favorite Distraction
Posted by Lena Foley - October 19, 2016
Let's face it, it's not even a distraction, or a guilty pleasure, it's like a drug that we are hooked up to intravenously. "Hmm let me just check my Facebook and see if anyone has liked my post?!" and bam we are off in Facebook land. The only way out of that distraction is yet another distraction: an e-mail, crying baby, or text which rapidly ends our ultra non-productive Facebook session. This is pure evidence of our monkey mind, jumping around from one thing to the next without really giving our true task at hand the attention it deserves.
So it begs the question, do we really have power over our actions? Who is really running the show?
How do we operate our lives if we have not harnessed the power of our mind? It's obvious we can run on auto-pilot quite easily, but can it be just as easy to actually steer the ship? Here are few ideas to steer clear from the monkeys and help your ship set sail.
EAT GOOD FOOD
"Adequate nutrition can raise your productivity levels by 20 % on average." World Health Organization
Glucose (or sugar) is what feeds our brains and determines how well it functions. If we choose to eat simple carbohydrates, candy bars, donuts, breads and sodas, we spike our glucose levels. This works very short term which explains why you feel a bit peppier after that soda. But as the sugar quickly drops our brains are desperately searching for more fuel and causes us to be easily distracted and less focused.
Eating complex carbohydrates and lean proteins allow the blood sugar levels to slowly release overtime, giving you sustained focus and productivity. Feeding your brain good quality food will give you the sustained focus you need to run the show.
GET OUT OF DENIAL LAND
"You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep." Navajo Proverb
How often do you acknowledge the distraction? Maybe at the end of the day when you are laying down and thinking "What did I do today?" will you recall the obvious distractions. Often they are dismissed as part of your daily life, that it's normal because: "everybody does it." The big dreams you set out to accomplish deserve your attention and focus so make a plan to deter those pesky distractions.
Catching yourself and acknowledging you are caught up in a distraction is the first step out of denial land. This will re-direct your brain to bring your attention back to your goals for the day. Insulting yourself or putting yourself down for getting distracted will only deter you further and may push you to those guilty pleasures. Be kind to yourself, take a deep breath and get back on track.
OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
"Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself." Anonymous
You know what your distractions are, facebook, texts, email, kids, food... Preparing your environment to be distraction free will help you get your daily goals accomplished. The key is to plan this alone time so you can be out of sight and out of mind from these distractions. If you can't see or hear your phone, it can't call, text or notify you. Telling yourself when your next meal is, will keep your mind away from food. Reminding your children and spouse that you're not to be disturbed for a certain period of time will keep them from interrupting your focus.
Amazingly, tasks will take half the time to complete and making decisions will be a breeze. Chunking this time to 1-2 hour increments will greatly improve your focus so you can give your big dream the time and attention it truly deserves.
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