There are plenty of distractions in the modern world that can stop you from having the life you want by taking away your focus and your energy. If you’re failing to reach your goals, maybe it’s time to look at your main distractions and do something about them.
Here are the most common distractions that are likely stopping you from living your best life.
1. Social media It won’t surprise you to hear that the largest distraction for most people is social media and the hours it eats out of the day. Take a quick look at your Instagram feed or Facebook, and before you understand it, you’re mindlessly scrolling through what appears like other people’s perfect lives.
It’s time to take stock and figure out how a whole lot of your life you prefer to spend observing what other people are doing. Set some boundaries about when and how long you will spend on social media. Take a look at your “friends” and see if they’re people you choose to know.
2. Smartphone Smartphones are excellent tools, however they can quickly end up being a big distraction. Look around and see how many people are walking down the street with their eyes glued to their phones. Think about how long you can go without checking your phone. Try leaving your cellphone in your purse or your pocket when you go out for a meal. Leave it at home when you take the dog for a walk.
Another tip is to cull some of the apps on your phone. Work out what you absolutely need and delete the rest. And bear in mind mobile games are one of the biggest time-sucks. Think about how you prefer to use your time and be strategic about how you use your phone.
3. Online watching How much time do you waste watching meaningless YouTube videos or binge-watching box sets? These may feel like simple, enjoyable things to do, however if you’re not careful, they can drain as much time as social media. Keep focused on how you want your life to be and make decisions about how much recreational TV you prefer to watch.
4. Negative people Giving your time away to negative people can be destructive to your success. You can in all likelihood name the people at the workplace or in your life who drain you of energy and who take up a lot of time with their complaining, attention-seeking, and neediness.
If there are people around you who are undermining your chances of meeting your goals, you want to set some healthy boundaries and get out of their orbit. Look for positive, high energy people who will support you and cheer you on.
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