Distract me, stop me, prevent me, give me excuses. However you may want to word it, we all have ‘things’ that will stop us from doing what we should be doing or planned on doing. I’m the first to moan and complain when my to-do list is too long, I’m often heard throwing out phrases such as: ‘there just aren’t enough hours in the day’ and yet, when I stop and think about it I’m guilty of allowing myself to get distracted by anything and everything that is precisely not what I should be using my time for, or at least not what I should be prioritising at the time.
Are you guilty of this as well or are you great at remaining motivated and on task?
Now, when I sat down to write this post I realised that I could write a really long list of things that distract me, or, equally, I could write just one word to sum it up: everything! So, in the interest of finding a happy medium I decided to pick out the five main things that distract me.
I hope you enjoy reading!
My phone. We’re all guilty of being distracted by our phones right? Whether I’m browsing the net, catching up on social media or responding to messages, it doesn’t matter, I spend way too much time on my phone. I need to put it in another room when I have stuff to do or it will take at least twice as long!
Cleaning. I’m a self confessed ‘neat freak’. I like everything to have a place and be in that place at all times, it’s quite an obsession of mine. As a result, I can’t seem to relax or be productive in other areas of my life until my surroundings are in order. This means that I will have to put a load of washing on or wipe down the kitchen surfaces for example before I can focus on whatever it is that I should really be getting on with first. I’m sure many people would just say to ignore these menial tasks that can wait but it’s easier said than done for me, I’ve tried but I just can’t do it.
My boyfriend. I’m far less productive when he is around. I suppose it’s a good sign that I love spending time with him but it does mean that I will put off doing things because I want to talk to him and be around him. Luckily he is far more motivated than me so he will get the ball rolling with getting on with his tasks so I in turn start on mine. If he wasn’t good at this then I would never get anything done!
Books. Another confession of mine is that I’m a total bookworm. I love reading! Any time that I can pick up a book then I will. More often than not I won’t be able to resist ‘one more chapter’ and then before I know it I have read half a novel and have no spare time left to do what needed to be done.
Walks. I have shared here and on my Instagram about my love for going for a walk. Despite it being hay fever season and my face resembling a crying mess the second I step outdoors I still love going for a walk. I enjoy the fresh air, the exercise and spotting nature and so I must admit that there have been plenty of times where I have convinced myself that a walk will do me good, it will get my motivation kick started. This is true, however there have been many occasions where I have gone for a longer walk than I can afford the time to and then it doesn’t matter how motivated I feel, I simply have run out of time to write a blog post before work for example.
And that’s it, my five main distractions.
Do you fall victim to any of these?
Do you have any tips on how to resist any that I have listed?
Just before I go, I will link just below to some posts that I have written that touch on some of the topics I have included here, please check them out if you haven’t already.
Thanks for reading!
Until the next time…Jess x