Lately, I’ve been pretty distracted. Normally I’m good at focusing on what needs to be done, but I’ve found myself all over the place. I want to read books and blogs, comment on other blogs, comment back on my blog, think of new posts, actually write said posts, bake, cook some yummy new meals, catch up on TV shows, watch a movie with R, spend more time with family, play with my cats, and research prices on kitchen tools and some more expensive ingredients.
I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but things have been swirling around in my mind and it seems like I can’t keep track of them. Worse, I tend to get exhausted and overwhelmed and decide to put everything off. Subconsciously, I turn to distractions. This can be costly!
I’m not normally one to distract myself with social media. I don’t have a habit of scrolling through Facebook, reading statuses, looking at Instagram, or leaving my email open. So what’s going on? Why can’t I take things one at a time?
Four distractions of mine:
1. I think the biggest obstacle I’m facing right now is adapting to new foods. I wrote last week that I want to focus on eating healthier, so one of my distractions is looking up recipes. I keep discovering blogs and looking through them, bookmarking this and that, and then I forget about it. I enjoy getting ideas and looking at pretty pictures of food, but if I never make it, then I’m wasting my time. Obviously, looking up recipes is only beneficial if I actually start creating meals from them.
The entire thought of food is often enough to tire me out. I’ve been battling with it for so long, and now I have to fight the urge to succumb to familiar, unhealthy comfort foods. I just keep reminding myself that it will be worth it in the end. I’m sure there’s plenty of you out there that run through dinner choices, and then decide it’s easier to go out and eat.
2. I haven’t been as inspired to write as I was a few months ago. I’m not sure why, I’m just running low on ideas. However, I came across a great post the other day that listed ideas for blog posts, regardless of what you’re writing about. It was really helpful to kick-start some brainstorming, and I wrote down some topics. Now I just have to flesh them out!
3. It’s Winter, and I’m sadly in “hibernation” mode. Barely seeing the sun all day gets depressing as many of you know. At work, we only have one little window, and being in a basement apartment means I don’t really have access to a lot of sunlight. Needless to say, I’ve been tired more than usual, and have been lacking motivation for even the simplest of things.
4. This one I’m kindly going to blame on my mom =). She’s always been somewhat addicted to computer games. For most of my life, I remember her playing the same old card games from this CD she’s had for years. She would wake up early and “relax” before work by making her daily cup of tea and playing these games.
Right around the time they moved, she started getting into the evil that is Facebook games. She kept telling me she needed help, and I kept declining until my curiosity got the best of me. I’ve played hidden object games on my iPad before, so why not see what she was playing? Well, now I sadly have about five games I play on a daily basis. It does provide me with a nice way to virtually connect with my mom besides Skype, but it’s such a time sink! I try to do this after I’ve read and commented on blogs.
Procrastinating doesn’t get you anywhere
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise to me. I’ve always been one to procrastinate. I remember pulling all-nighter’s to write essays for classes in college. I always procrastinated on classwork, but I also always managed to pull it off, which means I never truly had a reason not to delay!
At the start of each semester, I always told myself things would be different. I would be organized, get ahead on assignments and reading, I would start working on things bit by bit the day it was assigned, and nothing ever changed. Yes, I survived college, but were the moments of cramming and stress worth it? Probably not.
I never procrastinate at work, though, which is a good thing! When tasks need to get done, I make sure they get done the same day. I remember working at my first full-time job, where there was a bin that held requests for material that we sold. There were four of us, and we could all split the work up, but only two of us ever went to that bin. The rest sat around waiting for work to be handed to them (which they hoped it wouldn’t be). I just can’t ignore things like that.
My goal is to apply this to my life outside of work. I don’t want to take everything seriously to the point of worrying/stressing about it, but if I apply it in moderation, I think I’ll be happier. I don’t like the feeling of not having posts pre-written for the week; I don’t like wondering if I’ll have time to fit X in for the day. I just need to start diving into things, and hopefully the warmer weather and longer days coming soon will help.
Lastly, I just want to mention that my life isn’t super-busy or unmanageable. I don’t know how those of you who have kids find time to blog! I tend to get caught up in my thoughts sometimes, though, and this can be the result. I’m sure others have found themselves in this situation.
Have you found yourself distracted lately? What are you most likely to distract yourself with? How do you stay focused?