I want to share with you how I got caught up in the economy of distraction and how I got myself out of it. It all began with a day recently that I completely accomplished nothing. This was an unexpected gift of FREE time that I wasted! If you own a business then you know there really isn’t free time, there is always something to do. One thing I want to point out is that I coach clients on using their time. You would think I would be able to prevent this myself! It is likely that I missed this because I was too close to the situation. On this particular day, my husband came home and in his very sweet way asked about my day. As I reflected on what I had done that day, I actually couldn’t come up with anything significant. I had spent time social media surfing, looking online for nothing in particular and looking at my 3 email accounts without actually answering them. I had even started the laundry but didn’t finish that either! I was pretty much distracted in every area of my life: prayer, work, exercise and relationships. It was time to make some changes. I needed to make distraction-free zones.
For me, a distraction-free zone is a way of setting boundaries. I can’t allow myself to get into the habit of distraction. I am sharing this with you because I know many of us are struggling with the constant bombardment of technology. It’s a huge energy drain if not managed properly.
Looking back at my overall behaviors, the struggle was in the works for awhile. I struggled with finishing basic things:
Reading through the mail
Reading a book without rereading each page once or twice Not able to watch tv without checking my phone
Surfing rather than engaging
Here is what I came up with in creating distraction-free zones.
These distraction-free zones have given me the ability to better use my time. I feel like there is more quality to what I do each day. Now that I am less distracted, my mind is sharper and my ability to complete tasks has improved dramatically.
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