dealing with distraction

Dealing with distraction

I  have a 16-year-old daughter at home and if you have a teenage daughter at home you too are sailing in the same boat…. namely the attraction to all things net and mobile. On a typical day a gang of teens will meet and after pleasantries have been exchanged it’s time to spend quality ‘I’ time, out come the iPad, iPods and iPhones and twitter facebook and face time come alive … 15 minutes later not a word is being exchanged, silence fills the room, it’s each one to his own distraction.

And no this is not limited to the teens alone, today young or old our attraction to the distractions of the virtual world is universal. I love the internet and mobile technology, life would be impossible without the net or smartphone… but there is no question, today we are more distracted than ever. And even though we may feel busy toggling between selfie, tab, and ‘whatssapp’, in reality, we are just plain attracted to distraction and slowly we are withdrawing from life in all its beauty.

This attraction prevents us from focusing on work, attending to chores at home doing our homework playing a sport or just enjoying a quiet walk in the green … just anything and everything. Your question HOW does one beat it.

Fix your attraction;

What is it that you turn to, is it the Whatsapp screen, Facebook Twitter the chat screen. After you have identified it notice how much time you spend on it. Notice how you surf are you in love with one site or r u a multi-tasker ….what are your ‘tech’ habits become AWARE of them cos sometimes we turn to technology and don’t even know.

What is it that you turn to, is it the Whatsapp screen, Facebook Twitter the chat screen. After you have identified it notice how much time you spend on it. Notice how you surf are you in love with one site or r u a multi-tasker ….what are your ‘tech’ habits become AWARE of them cos sometimes we turn to technology and don’t even know. What is it that you turn to, is it the Whatsapp screen, Facebook Twitter the chat screen. After you have identified it notice how much time you spend on it. Notice how you surf are you in love with one site or r u a multi-tasker ….what are your ‘tech’ habits become AWARE of them cos sometimes we turn to technology and don’t even know.

Challenge yourself;  set a timer on your smartphone and your laptop say half an hour (the apps are easily downloaded now)…and when it’s over get off the virtual world take the instrument and leave it as far away from you as possible.

Set a timer on your smartphone and your laptop say half an hour (the apps are easily downloaded now)…and when it’s over get off the virtual world take the instrument and leave it as far away from you as possible.

set a timer on your smartphone and your laptop say half an hour (the apps are easily downloaded now)…and when it’s over get off the virtual world take the instrument and leave it as far away from you as possible. Set a timer on your smartphone and your laptop say half an hour (the apps are easily downloaded now)…and when it’s over get off the virtual world take the instrument and leave it as far away from you as possible.

Find an alternative;

One thing that you have been postponing, that will interest and engross you. For instance, if you like to arrange photographs in albums and have been postponing it for a while…pick up the task and see it through

Beware your mind tries to reboot;

It will happen, your mind is a smart cookie it will try to bring you back to the distraction time and again….Each time you find yourself trying to defocus from your alternative be aware and firm on your commitment watch the thought and let it pass.

REMEMBER, YOU WILL ONLY TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO OR FROM SOMETHING IF IT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU.

Denzil