My Top 5 Distractions and How I Deal with Them
Never in the entire course of history have we ever discussed more about distractions than today. We are living in an era of distractions, and it just keeps getting worse by the day.
Most of the time, we blame it on every new application–a game, social media, or video-sharing platform, or perhaps we blame it on the new cutie next door. They get on our way to living the best life there is. How can any of these things be around when everything that we should yearn for in life is to FOCUS?
So why do we get distracted? That’s because distractions get our attention. They’re easy on our eyes, our brains, our time. Whether they’re something wrong or detrimental to our goals and our future, they speak of something deeper in our lives, like a repressed longing—freedom.
Freedom, yes, we like that, but what does it entail? Do we get it if we succumb to our distractions? Many say yes, we do, but many people also say that it will be temporary.
Now, the issue we also have to tackle here is deciphering which things are important. How do we recognize whether what we are doing is of priority or not when we think about them in hindsight? All these questions lie within the walls of society and how it shaped our thinking.
The core idea of an issue as small as “distractions” boils down to the way we live and our claim of societal ideals–of how our family brought us up, peers, the media, and advertising. We all have different neural connections in the brain. While some people could easily listen to themselves and know what they want in their lives, many people yield to society’s usual standards.
I am kind of devious (at least in my current situation and the worldly events surrounding us). I almost cannot think of any distractions that could be adverse to my goal or future. And believe me, I have a plan, albeit unwritten. Or else, I wouldn’t be posting consistently on my blogs. But somehow, I go with the flow. And I am not saying I’m right.
As a blogger of one pop culture and entertainment blog, one personal and lifestyle blog, and an organizational blog, I ought to be open to a lot of things and be distracted by whatever something that would do so, especially during this quarantine. Nevertheless, I have a count of distractions that might also be detrimental to my productivity and overall life.
Here are My Top 5 Distractions and How I Deal with Them (if I Do):
I told myself that entertainment won’t be a distraction to me since I can always write about what I watch most of the time. However, not everything I watch can make me think deeper and beyond the technicalities. More than a mere entertainment blogger writing about practical reviews, I am a theoretical blogger most of the time. If I cannot see worldly issues related to a series or a film, I wouldn’t be able to blog about it. Hence, I would consider that show and movie a distraction (like most feel-good films), especially if I’m already binging on it.
How I deal with it: It’s only rarely that I binge-watch series these days, but if there’s one that could interest me, I will do so. I try to set my priorities during the day and do what I need to do. As one of my mentors, Ria Jose, suggested, making it as a reward for doing what is more important could be a way to trick your brain into not succumbing to distractions.
It’s easy to say that notifications are one of the constants in this world. What’s baffling is that I don’t get distracted by unimportant notifications, but by the opposite instead. I don’t easily mind notifications from my banks or telecom, but the more important ones (like emails) always get the best of me.
How I deal with it: Thank God for the smartphone the option to stop notifications. They’re not only there to save your work, but your battery as well.
3. Covid-19 and other Political Commentaries
Covid-19 reiterates that we are one with the world. Although we have different perspectives that depend on our respective cultures, it is by no mistake that we are created in the same image, likeness, and more or less, the same body functions to one another. Hence, a member of the Indigenous People (Badjao) in the most eluding region in the Philippines (Mindanao) has contracted COVID-19, like the well-regarded Prime Minister of the UK.
I believe that COVID-19 commentaries are valuable, and that’s my problem. I am exposed to a very divisive set of friends, relatives, acquaintances, and other connections. After considering each of their take on the situation, I see myself pondering again about being an idealist or a pragmatist. And to be honest, it’s my kryptonite. I keep shifting through both ideologies, and it keeps me insane.
How I deal with it: I have not completely coped up with them. However, I indexed my social media to get rid of commentaries. I mean, c’mon, screw all governments. They are on top because they’re all psychotic sh*tholes, okay? I just focus on how to keep the virus from getting a new host.
4. Food Cravings
Need I say more? Haha
How I deal with it: I’m lucky enough to satisfy almost every food craving I have, especially during these times when we can avail of a delivery service for just typing a few messages. Hence, I have not coped up with this distraction. 🙁
As an idealist, I get distracted by reality. For creatives, it is a distraction to the imagination. For non-creatives, who make of reality as a usual hustle and routine, the reality is might be a distraction when they are currently in the midst of a vacation or any leisure activity. The world puts us in a vague stigma of reality.
As a person in a somewhat creative field, my idealism pushes me to do what I want and continually deviate from the so-called reality, but sometimes reality bites. I consider it a distraction because I believe that anyone can win if she/he fights for it.
How I deal with it: I cope with this through sacrifice, and yes, I learned it the hard way. To be able to grow my microbusinesses, I sacrifice not having to spend on unimportant stuff. To put my “unreal” dreams into a reality, I am sacrificing a lot. I’m a privileged one, so I’m grateful for that as well.
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