Your phone pings, your email chirps, and your social media buzzes all day long. How many times have we stopped in the middle of a task to check it? How many times are we doing one thing when we get an idea or a thought pops into our mind? Off to Google we must go to find an answer, to search and to find on the amazing World Wide Web.
Some people think all of our instant technology is making us smarter, providing us with so much information. Others believe it is making us dumber, as it allows us to know and retain nothing as everything is just a few clicks away. One thing is for sure - all of this has our minds run rampid while our bodies sit still.
We’ve all done it. We have all had a task to do and instead of getting to work, we waste precious time on Facebook and Instagram. Maybe reading my words right now is your distraction. Did it pop up in your email, or your newsfeed and you thought, “I’ll just read it real quick?” We certainly don’t want to miss out on anything!
Confession time! Writing this right now is my distraction; updating my website is my current task. In order to do so, I need to look for and replace some computer code. Being a potter and a hands-on, physical kind of worker, this is hell for me. So I can easily justify the writing of this blog as it is for business, and is needed, but in reality it is my current distraction.
I believe all of these constant distractions are what makes us physically exhausted. If we were to actually move our bodies we would create energy, but working the mind only and solely is draining on our energy. So what do we do? I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I am going to try to be less distracted. I am no longer going to believe in multi-tasking, because it is truly multi-distracting and multi-draining. I am going to give myself breaks from the constant phone checking. My world will not end if I don’t check my phone for 20 minutes - quite the opposite! It will become more fulfilled.
So… off in search of computer code to replace; I sure hope my website doesn’t crash. If it does, please don’t let this distract you from ordering - you can always email me (I will check it in 20 minutes)!
Off Your Rocker Pottery
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