Learning To Manage Distractions

MB Text 5-17-2015 (Distractions)I have heard many people call the times we live in, the age of information. This may be true to a large degree. While we are living in precarious times, new information seems to be quickly outdated. The more informed the public becomes, the more problems seem to exist, brought about by the new information. In fact, the greater the technological advancement the more distracted we become.

I call this age, “The age of great distractions.” People are rarely able to maintain any focus today, and the medical field has documented this. A.D.D., better known as Attention Deficient Disorder, is rocking both the young and aging of the Western World, making stakeholders of pharmaceutical companies supplying the drugs for treatment, very wealthy.

It used to be common culture for everyone to read the newspaper on the subway train while going to work. Advertisements were posted on city streets and in shopping malls, etc. Now a large majority of the population, seemingly everywhere, can be found with their heads buried in their mobile devices scanning the internet, their emails, Twitter accounts, and Facebook. If this is not the age of distraction, I don’t know what is.

Technology is the base cause for an increase in traffic fatalities in the United States, because texting and driving has proved to be just as deadly as drinking and driving. So although technology is good, it breeds other problems that arise as a result of new information. The faster the newer products, and things made more convenient, the more complex our problems become.

I was driving past a High School that had recently released its students from class. When I looked at the youth leaving the building, over half had their heads buried in their cell phones. Can you believe that a child walked into the street without looking and nearly got hit because he was reading something on his phone?

These are just a few examples. There are other distractions which also make it difficult to get any real work done on the job. Computers have taken all the thinking ability of humanity, leaving most Americans scatterbrained and unable to figure out or solve problems on their own. Rather than deriving from a person’s heart, the media influences dreams and ambitions via movies, advertising, and periodicals, distracting people from their true purpose.

How do you distract a man with a dream? Give him another one. People are moving from one career to another without realizing what is creating all this movement without motive. People are getting college degrees in business management, yet pursuing jobs in healthcare facilities. One person I’m familiar with moved from working as a logistics manager to a car salesperson, from that to a healthcare facilitator, and from that to a Wal-Mart employee, all in two years.

If you don’t learn to do one thing well, you will not be able to do anything well enough! Watch out for distractions because they are seriously looking to pull your attention elsewhere.

Seriously consider that your ability to get focused, and stay that way, is more than just an advisable thing to develop and nurture—it’s a decisive aspect of your success or failure. Getting things done the right way and on schedule is absolutely imperative. Staying keenly centered is the key to getting things done, because you learn to work smarter rather than harder.

Take advantage of opportunities to develop ways to help yourself stay focused at work, school, and even in your daily life, by managing your distractions and reducing the possibility for procrastination. This will help you eliminate most setbacks and delays so work is not merely thought of, but actually completed.

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Overtime, The Not So Perfect Solution.

overtime-blog-postAre you late paying your mortgage or rent? Do you struggle with not having enough money to fill your car with gas to get to work? If all available funds and sources of credit are tapped out, what would be your first inclination to obtain more funds? For heaven’s sake, please do not consider borrowing money from a Pay Day Loan institution. Think for a moment. Don’t move in haste because you will end up with a waste. Take a few moments and think…tick, tick, and tick.

Stop! Why are you considering working overtime, and not taking into consideration the extra time spent working overtime hours which usually zaps the life and motivation out of you? These extra hours can be used to start and run a small business.

Ninety percent of the general public has, as their first inclination, when experiencing more month at the end of their money than money at the end of their month, a default thought pattern to work overtime. I am not suggesting this method of pulling in additional funds is wrong, I’m saying it may not prove to be the wisest. Consider the additional wear and tear on your body from not getting enough rest, or the time wasted while waiting to get paid. If you have to work additional hours, why not work harder for yourself instead of someone else.

I met a gentleman who started selling his delicious concoction of flavored popcorn to friends and people in his community. He started selling it because he needed additional funds to pay bills. One day he started experimenting more with different flavors and people loved them. His cost for buying, popping, and bagging the popcorn was low, so he didn’t have to worry about taking monies from the household budget.

His hobby of making his favorite flavored popcorn turned into a business. He eventually rented a small space in a strip mall and opened his popcorn business. To say the least, I was quite surprised to see the number of people who came in to patronize his store while I was buying popcorn. Here’s a man who found a way to work smarter not harder.

What are you waiting for? Is not the need for more money, all the motivation you need? Sit back, think and pray. An answer will come to you, but it’s hard to hear while you are so busy working yourself to death. Look for my new book soon, “TURN ON YOUR LIFE.”

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