Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Felix Juel
Founder & Owner of: The Pensive
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Education, Health & Fitness and Successful Living Writer
No one is exempt from distractions or that occasional “lazy” minute. We all have goals and ambitions, but even the best of us fall victim to the vicious pull of distractors like Facebook, Twitter, or the good ‘ole television. Then, after 20 minutes when we’ve gone through the usual routine of checking our social media accounts, we feel guilty for losing focus so we follow that with a burst of intense desire to make up for that those wasted minutes, only to go back and repeat the exact same cycle half an hour later. It happens to the best of us, our lives are simply filled with too many addicting forces.
Deep down, we all know these distractions are unproductive, but when your phone is never more than an arms-length away, it requires an incredible amount of discipline to refrain from logging into or turning on your favorite distractor. What’s the cure for this?!
While I won’t suggest that completely cutting those things out of your life is necessary to achieve all of your goals and ambitions, I will say that a middle-ground can be reached very easily.
Have you ever found that it’s so easy to set an EARLY alarm for the morning during the night before, but then regret it once you actually have to wake up? Or have you noticed that when you’re at home it drains your energy to keep yourself from turning on the television, even if you’re actually successful in this objective? The very act of having to abstain from doing something drains energy, so how do we cut that energy vacuum out?
The key is for your present self to make the tough decision for your future self in order to significantly help your future-future self. Let me explain.
As discussed in the very relatable morning alarm example, it is much easier to make the decision FOR the future while IN the present. Similarly, if you don’t want to be distracted by your phone, leave it in the car or shut it off and put it in your bag so you don’t check it every time you receive a notification – or better yet, get rid of the smartphone if you’re bold enough and get a “dumb phone.”If you don’t want to be distracted by the pull of a television, go out of your house to do your work. If you don’t want to fight the urge to watch Netflix when you know you have a paper due, go to a park where there is no internet connection and you won’t need to spend one ounce of energy resisting this urge.
All of these decisions consume far less energy and are far more effective than having to rely on discipline to abstain from whatever desires may be pulling you. So if you’re truly serious about fighting these distractors in order to become a more productive person, entirely eliminate the decision from your future self by cutting out what you can in the present.
Good luck to you all – I know you can do it!
Article Credits: Felix Juel
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor