Life is filled with distractions. Some of them are positive – morning sex. Some of them are negative – phone notifications during dinner. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that I started to identifying and eliminating distractions. What small moments during your day have compiled themselves and become major distractions that could be eliminated?
Here are a few of my own that I’m currently working on.
- Back pain – Over many years, terrible posture and not enough exercise has lead to daily back pain.
- Coffee – The occasional enjoyment of a cup of coffee in the morning has become a necessary evil to start my day.
- Fear of failure – It’s amazing how fast a simple moment of second-guessing can steer an idea into the trash.
- Hulu and YouTube – I can’t tell you how many 2 minute videos have turned into 20 minutes of video surfing.
Distractions are beatable.
My VW Passat
Last month I wrote about my decision to sell my car. Since moving to New Hampshire, I’ve never really needed a second car and the decision to sell it has been a black hole for any moments of creative thinking. Last week I dedicated my Monday to prepping the car for sale… by Wednesday afternoon I had signed away the title.
I haven’t thought once about the car for the past four days. It’s put my mind to ease, and now I can’t believe I didn’t sell it sooner.
I’ve had my glasses for approximately a year. They were $13 from Walmart, and I receive many compliments about them. They weren’t perfect though. Ever since I’ve had them the right ear piece has had a sharp edge. It wasn’t a big deal in the morning, but by mid-afternoon I would be preoccupied with a dull pain.
How productive are you in pain? I’m worthless.
Last week I took a razor to my glasses and shaved off the sharp edge. It took 10 minutes and fixed the problem. I can’t believe that I’ve let myself live with this dull pain for over a year. These two things have put me on a mission to identify these distractions and start eliminating them.
What’s something you could eliminate today?