It is easy to get distracted…
Too many things on the plate inside and beautiful weather outside – of course it’s too hot to be beautiful right now! If you are waiting on a anticipated phone call or potentially good news, then like a kid waiting for Christmas morning you have a hard time of thinking about the right here and right now. Vacation starting dates create huge distractions, and watching others enjoy their time down makes one wish your start date would arrive quicker.
Sometimes distraction leads down paths you would just as soon not take, like losing focus on something important and focusing on something that can be taken care of at some other time. Maybe it’s like not seeing the trees because all you see is the forest.
Distracted driving is a huge problem in our automobiles – complicated consoles, computers, Bluetooth connectors, and even talking or texting on the phone. I watched someone holding a cup of hot coffee, and putting on makeup while looking in the mirror on the visor – driving over 60 mph! Lives are changed in just seconds of distraction. Have you seen drivers distracted by their actions, swerving across lanes of traffic, putting everyone around them at risk?
Worse yet… Have you ever been one of them?
How do you control distraction?
Everyone has a technique, and perhaps you have one you could share with others. What works for someone else may, or may not, work for you. Unless you try something then you will never know.
Paul talks about “…bringing into captivity every thought…” when he deals with spiritual warfare (2 Cor 10:5). Yet, the truth of the matter is … our thoughts are huge distractions. When you worry about finances, family, career, along with the myriad of other undone tasks of life, then you become distracted. Distraction creates a loss of focus.An Alaskan boss said something profound, “A clean desk is the sign that you’re not doing anything.” Yet, a cluttered desk pulls attention from one task to another, and some tasks are more pleasurable than others… I’m just saying!
One thing that has worked for me, sometimes, is making a list of everything that needs to be done. Some call it a “To Do” list. If you can list tasks in order of category, or priority, then perhaps you can simply follow the list, marking tasks completed can really make you feel accomplished. Like Dave Ramsey’s Financial Snow Ball system, this concept deals with the smallest balances first and works toward the bigger items.
Again. What works for your situation depends on what’s on your list today.
The main problem with Distraction is that it leads to Procrastination. “Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.” (Wikipedia)
Each concepts lead to not getting anything done on time. This is a danger!
If you only knew…