Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. The prompt this week is … Distraction.
Under ordinary circumstances, I would not consider myself a person who is easily distracted. I have been known to be so involved in reading, or paying bills, or some other activity and won’t even realize if someone were to begin talking to me.
But then, we aren’t living with ordinary circumstances these days. The battle with distraction has been one I find myself fighting every day.
I listen for the local press conferences.
Wait for the daily number update.
In walking from one room to another, see something that needs to get done or washed, and never return to the task at hand. I lose sight of what I even was heading in the room to do.
Multiple tabs are open in doing work on the computer as I try to keep up with several things at once.
Distraction has become a major annoyance for me. It all has become overwhelming at times, causing me to feel more exhausted.
Over the last week, I have become intentional to sideline distraction. In order to create more space for myself, my phone has been silenced at times to messages and notices.
Creating social distance between myself and my laptop for stretches of time has been the best solution during the course of the day. To better concentrate, working with as few tabs open as possible has helped to minimize being scattered over several tasks at the same time.
It’s been said that outlook determines outcome. To be productive in these days of distractions, it would be wisest to follow the advice given to us in Proverbs:
“ Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. “ (Proverbs 4:25, MSG)