With only 24 hours in a day, how much would you say is spent on your phone, watching TV or simply just killing time? Time is not an infinite resource, still, it feels as if we rather spend the limited amount available to us being distracted.
Your Time Is Valuable
Life under the hypnosis of social media, TV, pointless relationships, etc. is a road leading to nowhere, filled with all the pointless-nothing you could ever ask for, all in exchange for your time.
It’s perfectly normal to hear someone say “Yeah, I’m just killing time.”, but have you ever consider investing in it instead?
Don’t over think it, here’s three steps you can take.
- Brush up on your organizational and time-management skills
- Cut out the distractions (ex. phone, social media, TV, etc.)
- Refocus your attention to the areas that allow your time flourish and increase in value, instead of withering out and dying by the minute.
It’s that simple.
The truth is, if we don’t become conscious of our time and strategically invest our energy into it now, there’s a high chance we’ll be regretting our actions once we’re older.
Try not to switch tasks as much, some research shows it takes us about 23 – 25 minutes to regain our focus, so, if you’re in the zone, you might want to do your best to remain there.
“The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.” – Author Harry A. Overstreet
In mindful meditation, the process of focusing and controlling your breath brings much more depth to something as simple as breathing.
The lesson here is to take it one task at a time, no need to overthink, but here’s something to consider.
While everyone’s attention remains diluted in the trance of entertainment-for-time, does focus not become a more valuable skill to have?
Have a Purpose Bigger Than Your Distractions
As your goal or purpose becomes your driving force, minimizing distractions become almost effortless. In some cases, you’re only bored because you don’t see any value in following through with the task.
So, what do you do?
You discover what it is you enjoy, and you do it better than anyone you know.
Remember, don’t overthink it.
Once you’ve figure that out, follow these steps.
Oh, and… Practice.
If you’re in the mood for pizza you don’t want some basic-grade cardboard imitation, no, you want to go to the guy who knows how to toss the dough like no one else. Why? Because his pizza makes you reconsider ever eating anything else besides cheese, tomato sauce and dough.
The problem is no one ever takes a moment to peek behind the scenes, no one noticed the time and effort that went into perfecting the pie.
Although he’s a pro now, it wasn’t always this way. It took some willpower to cut out the distractions plus time and focus before he got it all right.
Take advantage of the time we have available to us now, don’t let distractions rob you of this opportunity. At the end of the day, life is what you make it, whether it’s full of life or full of distractions. That’s ultimately left up to you.