The worst state to live in is the state of distraction.
If you look at the state of world affairs, you will be certain of one thing – nothing is certain. The changes in the way we do business and our global capacity to cross continents through technology mean things will be forever changed, and to a large degree, questionable, because so much is moving beyond our control. These shifts demand that we bring a new level to our focus and bring new disciplines into practice to minimize distractions. Due to heightened stress levels that come with economic downturns and changes in world affairs, we sometimes choose to work on what we’d like to do, or is easy to do, rather than the work we should be doing. It’s the deception that “busyness equals productivity,” and as long as I keep going, working on the distraction, it will change the state of current realities. Trust me, it won’t, things will get worse! The truth is, there are dozens of distractions that we can medicate ourselves with, but usually just a few things that will get us where we need to be. Distraction becomes a drug of choice, an addiction that keeps us avoiding the discomfort of working on what we need to work on to get past the “stuck point.” Times like these demand focus on the critical work despite inconvenience or difficulty; they also demand that we count the price we will pay if we don’t work on what’s important instead of what’s comfortable.
Identify what’s critical today, get busy, stay focused, and reap the reward.
What core activities will have immediate impact on my circumstances?
What “medicating” things do I distract myself with daily, and why?