A mind-killer (or career-killer if you prefer?) that many of us struggle with constantly, are the distractions in our lives. Browsing Facebook or watching television haphazardly is something many of us do. Without even fully realizing it, we’re suddenly engrossed in the latest drama, or some obscure documentary.
In our fast-paced existence, it is all too easy to simply “dial-in” to our electronics for those preciously brief moments of solace and sweet entertainment. The problem is, those moments become hours, and our focus is utterly lost in the process.
Learn to avoid this mistake by instead choosing to be cognitive in the moment. Taking a walk, brushing your teeth, combing your hair, or something else that is at least mildly constructive, can help break this cycle of distraction. It also has the added effect of helping you to build self-respect.
If you can expound upon this habit, you will find yourself far more capable of avoiding distractions entirely. You’ll suddenly realize how much time you’ve been wasting, and that there are more important things to dedicate yourself to.
This will also have an effect of reengaging you with your daily life (as opposed to drowning yourself in enriched media).
This may sound harsh yet it is absolutely true: we as human beings are not hardwired for responsible or productive behavior. These activities are a learned habit that must be reinforced time and again.
Our brains are fickle things and enjoy consuming mindless entertainment. The release of neurochemicals in our mind as a product of this consumption is a stimulant that we naturally crave. With endless access to media cycles, video games, and of course, the internet, we have no shortage of ways to induce our own psyche into a pleasurable coma.
Avoid this by unplugging entirely, or committing to something else.
This is not to say you can’t ever enjoy your favorite shows ever again. It is to say that turning media off while you work, is not only advisable, it is the only way to ensure you can focus on what’s most important in your life.
After all, you can always make time later to sit down and thoroughly enjoy your vices. Just do so after work is finished.