I struggle with distractions. They pop up when it’s most inconvenient jumping in and whisking me off to a completely different world. Unfortunately, it’s become habit to abandon personal projects for a YouTube video, another Medium post or to endlessly scroll through Twitter.
So, what exactly is a distraction?
For me, distractions can appear in the form of the smallest wandering thought, someone else, or (the biggest one of all) — my cell phone.
For the past year I’ve been asking myself one question every day:
How can I avoid distractions?
After much pondering, I discovered an answer I didn’t like.
I can’t avoid them.
Believe me, I’ve tried. I tried music, special exercises, I even locked myself away from all internet access. Not one of those things worked. As it turned out, the things I did to keep myself from being distracted, became distractions themselves. It was in that discovery that it became apparent that I cannot simply avoid distractions.
I can only work through them.
The problem isn’t in the distracting thing, the problem is me.
It’s easy to point the finger and blame Twitter, YouTube or Instagram. It’s so easy to blame. It’s harder to put the blame where it truly belongs. On myself.
I can tell myself that I’ll finish this post tomorrow, or I’ll edit those photos later, or that my homework can wait until the day its due. I can tell myself that’s it’s okay, but I’m the only one that’ll suffer from it.
It’s not the fault of these so called ‘distractions’, it’s my fault for turning them into excuses.
It’s always easier to put off what can be done today, tomorrow; but we all know that tomorrow never comes.
Now I leave you with an overused, but highly appropriate GIF our favorite crazy, Shia Labeouf.