1. Games: Oh, how I love games. They relax me. So, if I’m doing a task, I’ll take a little breather after a while, to play some games and relax a bit. This doesn’t seem like a big deal but, trust me, it is. All the games I play have challenges and I always try to beat those challenges. So, while playing I’d get carried away, you know.
2. Arranging: I’m obsessed with arranging stuff. Sometimes it’s the arranging I do in my head that’s the worst. I’d just sit and start thinking of how much better things would look a certain way. It consumes my time (and me 😑).
3. YouTube: YouTube is good; YouTube is great. I go there to look for something and I see different explanations, versions or types of the same thing. Sometimes I see related things I don’t really need. But, my mind wants more and so I go for it, at the detriment of what I really have to do.
4: My Imagination: My friends wonder how I can stay home all day but, they don’t know there is a whole world going on in my mind. I could literally sit a whole day planning, imagining, visualizing and thinking about any and everything. It’s good because some times I get brainwaves but other times I’m thinking of things I don’t need to be thinking about at that time. For instance, sometimes I think of how to discipline my kids if they act a particular way. Likeee, I don’t need this now.
5. Books: I’m a home body so I do a lot of reading. I read on wattpad, my phone, my laptop and physical books. I read all sorts of books. I’m also a kind of person who can’t stop when she starts something; I just drive on till the end. I can’t read halfway; I have to finish once I start. This is bad for someone who has tests, assignments, work and a life to live.
Distractions are a part of life. Everyone has something or somethings that distract them. How we deal with these distractions is the important thing. For me, the best way I curb my distractions is to time everything I do. I know it makes life into a routine but it really helps me. For instance, I’m typing school work, I want to rest my back and so I decide in my mind (with an alarm to help) to play games or any of my guilty pleasures for 20 minutes. I can’t just stop doing them because they are things I love but I can restrict them so that they don’t become things that distract me.
Another thing I do is to create to-do lists. If I have a to-do list and I tick off everything I have to do, then I have time to indulge in my guilty pleasures. For some people social media is a distraction, so, they can leave off social media till after a day’s work and just go full throttle till its bedtime. This way it’s not a distraction anymore, just something you do for fun.
Distraction is something I’m very intentional about. I try to think of ways to curb my distraction everytime and I try to always be aware of what I’m doing at every point in time. This way I can do what I’m supposed to do when I’m supposed to.
Feel free to share tips you use to curb your distraction; they just might help me or others.