Fighting against the world of distraction

Fighting against the world of distraction

August 1, 2020 0 By mdalvi
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Fighting against the world of distraction

The number one reason why we aren’t able to focus is the opposite of the word focus that’s a distraction. So, to gain focus you need to resist the distractions. Nowadays, fighting against the world of distraction is pretty challenging because of the constant media, entertainment, and a will to consume more of what social media has to offer.

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In this article, I am going to write the challenges that I face while trying to focus on a particular thing especially when it comes to mobile.

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Last year I wrote an article on Digital Detox before taking a break for one month from social media. In that one month, I achieved more things than I did achieve in any other month. Simply because of fewer distractions.

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So, just imagine what would our life look like when we manage to learn how to limit the digital distraction. Also, in this article, I am going to write a few techniques that I use when I want pure focus and zero distraction. 

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But first, let me jot down some challenges and it’s consequences that I often face on a normal day.

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The Challenges:

1) When I wake up I tend to check my phone for the messages.

Consequences: One negative message or emotionally challenging message is enough to set the day in a negative direction.  As thoughts>feelings>actions>results.

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2) When I am bored in the middle of the day I tend to scroll on my Instagram.

Consequences: This one habit took away many hours from my life by hampering my productivity.

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3) When working on something important the phone rings and the focus is minimized.

Consequences: Focus sometimes is a fragile thing. A tiny distraction is powerful enough to make your work one step away from a master piece.

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These are some of the challenges that I usually face and I believe that many of you must have gone through these challenges.

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Now, I am pointing out some techniques that I use to tackle these. It requires some resistance and a will to delay gratification.

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I believe that to do something good you need to resist something bad. In other words, you need to delay and resist instant gratification.

Take any bad habit you have and the root cause of it is instant gratification. The outer world is never the distraction inner world is.  Once you learn to fight the distraction within, you can fight the distraction the outer world has to offer.

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The techniques to combat the distraction:

1) Challenge: When I wake up I tend to check my phone for the messages.

The technique to overcome: Create a strong morning routine which not only will consume the time but will also add something valuable to the day. The answer to something bad is something good.

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2) Challenge: When I am bored in the middle of the day I tend to scroll on my Instagram.

The technique to overcome: If you are bored and you are scrolling on Instagram then only follow pages which have something positive to offer and from which you can learn something. In this way, you can enjoy scrolling meanwhile learning something new.

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3) Challenge: When working on something important the phone rings and the focus is minimized.

The technique to overcome: Keep the phone in silent mode and keep it in a different room where it will take some effort for you to reach.

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These techniques might sound silly for you but they have helped me a lot. Also, you will think that these techniques are easy to do but trust me some things that are easy to do are also easy not to do.

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As I said, these were my techniques which I use. The only thing I implemented here is to delay the gratification. So, if you don’t mind these techniques appealing just learn to resist the instant gratification and create some techniques that might work for you.

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Also, we can’t be perfect every time, but remember slow progress is better than no progress.

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Good luck,

Manish Dalvi.

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