If there is any one thing that a young mind has to be wary of in this fast paced, chaotic day and age, it is getting distracted. There is probably nothing more easily achievable than getting distracted. With so much going on around us, it is very easy to forget that distraction is the single biggest obstacle for our success.
The biggest problem with distraction is that when you are actually distracted you are totally unaware of it. Only when you get back to an important task that you wanted to finish which you could not because of that distraction, will you actually reflect on the fact that you have been distracted. This is a much bigger problem than we think.
Internet, social media, cell phones, television, sports, movies are all black holes of time; they suck time right out of our lives. Not to say that they all don’t have some entertainment and educational value which is good once in a while, but the problem is, once in a while is a very subjective phenomenon. We can so easily get hooked on to these things and forget our important tasks.
We have gotten so used to the idea of being distracted that we have totally forgotten how much easier it is to focus and put our minds to achieve something, without any of these distractions. Just go back 30 or even just 10 years ago – how much easier it was to simply relax and concentrate on things that were important to us.
Today, without a contest, the biggest sucker of our time is entertainment. Entertainment is somebody else’s business not ours – we have to be careful in not letting entertainment take over our lives completely. To be aware of how much of your time is being consumed by useless entertainment is important.
None of this is necessary for someone who has chosen a way of life where they can accommodate enough entertainment in their lives. But if you are competing against someone else, then while you are being entertained, somebody is moving ahead with their plans. In any competitive domain, the one who can stay away from these constant distractions can achieve greatly.
Just look around you – pay attention to all your daily distractions. If you want, even make a note of them. And then go about systematically reducing or eliminating those distractions. Just make some space and time for your life. The single biggest change you can make to find more time for yourself is getting rid of your distractions.
The moment you can identify your distractions and slowly get rid of them, you will find more than necessary time for your most important things. Life is still your experience – when you have decided to move in a certain direction, it is not beneficial to have constant distractions that keep pushing you in different directions. Get rid of those distractions so that you can move in the direction of your choice.