We’re easily distracted and sidetracked from our goals. We’re in our phones, in TV, in anywhere but the here and now.
Two things can help to prevent this:
- Knowing what’s important enough to pay attention to
- Being able to recognise when we’re distracted and coming back to focus
The first is fundamental, but frequently overlooked. We often don’t even acknowledge that something is important to us and worthy of achievement.
This is true not just of lofty goals, but also the nitty gritty of day to day life.
The dishes won’t wash themselves. The washing won’t hang itself out. Unless we accept that these are important enough to get done, then we won’t do them either. We’ll wake up in the morning to a messy kitchen and a pile of damp laundry.
The second is a little trickier, because it’s a product of our moment to moment awareness. It’s simple, but not easy. Like focussing on our breath.
Most of the time that we’re distracted, we’re not even aware of it. Distracted is pretty much our default state.
Being able to recognise distraction and let it go is skill, we build it up over time. And it’a skill worth cultivating. The more we pay attention, the more we realise just how distracted we often are.
The more we can identify our true intention, and then stay close to it with a gentle focus, the more likely we are to spend our time and attention on what is truly important to us.