We have too many distractions. Some distractions are good. Too many distractions leads to that certain indecisiveness that spoils us of our time, enables us to be lazy, and prevents us from doing what we must. These distractions help us cope with terrible commutes or mediocre gigs at the expense of addressing what we must do to resolve the origins of these stressors. Taken broadly, the more we distract ourselves, the less we can do.
Subconscious psychological advertising teaches us to distract ourselves.
We aren’t in good social standing without the latest distracting product. Throw out the old to make way for the new, otherwise, you won’t be able to chat with your colleagues at work over the newest distractions. You need the newest fashions to fit in. Try out the latest fad diet. Be the most up-to-date version of a consumer you can be!
While in the store, get distracted. Don’t be focused.
It’s their fault if you’re not watching where you’re going. It’s alright to be driving while using your smartphone; no one will challenge you. Do whatever you want whenever you want at the expense of anyone else because that’s your right. You are a special child within this distracted generation. You can do no wrong…
How do we fix this attitude… This not quite farce?
Fully experience your present.
Don’t get distracted by trivialities.
If you’re driving, quit reading this. If you’re around friends, quit reading this. If you’re waiting around in a store, quit reading this. If you’re at work, quit reading this. If you’re looking to kill time because you’re bored, quit reading this. If you’d rather be doing something else with your time and energy, go do that instead.
Focus all your effort to completing your current task.
Drive with your full attention. Be with your friends fully. Strike up conversations in the store or practice breathing techniques. Quit distracting yourself at work, get it done, then go take a break. Boredom is a lack of planning, so figure out what you want to do next. If you’re not doing what you want to be doing right now, fix it!
Don’t shy away with entertaining distractions.
It’s fun playing videogames, watching stuff, reading, and doing any distracting hobby. It’s even more fun when you earn it! When you temper your access to something, it becomes more appealing. Watching an entire season of something in a day can be satisfying, yet building that into an effort-reward system is even more rewarding.
We’re more spoiled than ever now.
Rather than mend something, we end it. Everything’s disposable. It’s cheaper to buy a new one… As we’re headed into an easier society, where we have more options, opportunities, advantages, positives, and creature comforts, we forget the value of friction. The value of a hard day’s worth of work. Don’t work for money, but for discipline and the feeling of having done what you should, rather than as little as you can.
Don’t distract yourself from stress!
Inspirations: Random thoughts
Related: “Preventing Boiling Points”
Picture: A random photo of a rainbow behind trees.