Are You Hiding Behind Your Distractions?


You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one. ~ Tom Kite

We all know that time is precious, yet it is easy to be distracted whether it is by phone, social media, news, online shopping, gossip and so on. Your productivity is becoming a victim of your distractions. These distractions are not only stealing your valuable time but also steering the direction of your focus. People are using distractions to hide from the difficult emotions such as resentment, loneliness, discomfort, fear, boredom, low self-esteem, etc.

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee

Instead of facing the challenging emotions and devoting yourself to the present moment, your day is wasted away by gathering useless information and materials. Hiding from the difficulties doesn’t solve them. By distracting yourself to escape from your present moments; you are deceiving yourself. Be honest with yourself and face your life, embrace the changes and enjoy the continuity of it.

We use our gadgets for distraction and entertainment. We use them to avoid work while giving the impression that we’re actually working hard.  ~  Meghan Daum

I am not against social media or phone; I think they are great tools to connect our individual lives. My idea is about spending time meaningfully and not getting consumed by the distractions. Be aware of your time and where you are spending it; just like your money. Distractions are not the only way to find solace from your current mood.  If one aspect of your life is not going as planned, you can still work on other aspects and be present in the moment.

Sometimes, life can get stressful, and we need a little break from it. And there is nothing wrong with spending some time away from your chores, as long as it is a mindful choice. A mindful choice is when you know the real motive behind it. Being mindful about the choices you make can help you understand your actions and hence yourself.  Once you master the art of mindfulness, you can efficiently manage your habits, mental and emotional patterns and your being. You can manage the distractions and keep your focus aligned by asking yourself the reasons behind your actions. In the bigger picture of life, you are not answerable to anyone but yourself; so stay true to yourself.

Next time,

  • When you pick up your phone to check it every few minutes; Ask yourself the reason?
  • When you are browsing the social media or websites; Ask yourself why are you here?
  • When you are buying something new; Evaluate what value this thing will bring to your life?

Old habits die hard. So be patient with yourself while you are making new life altering changes. To keep distractions on a check, try practicing minimalism where you intentionally keep things simple. Remember your time the most valuable asset you have. If you want to be productive and still be happy, you can learn about it here – Happily Productive.

Love and Sunshine. Keep Feeling Buddhaful!

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Jasz Gill is a contemporary writer and poet who writes about emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and compassion. She started writing a blog with Rose Colored Glasses in 2010, a self-help blog to encourage individuals in their journey towards mindfulness. Her writing style is based on turning big ideas into practical wisdom.

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