The Elusive Thieves Stealing Your Time

Solving a hilarious weeks-long whodunit mystery

Rejoice Denhere
Vital World Online
Published in
2 min readFeb 22, 2024

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Have you ever woken up to an ear-splitting alarm at 5:00 AM, only to discover it’s not yours?

My family did, and it sparked a weeks-long whodunit that was hilarious in hindsight, but felt like a productivity-draining nightmare at the time. Accusations flew, sleep became scarce, and our mornings resembled a frantic comedy scene.

Just when we were about to hire a private eye (okay, maybe not), the culprit was finally revealed. But wait for it... the culprit wasn’t even in our house! Turns out, the alarm belonged to the folks next door. They had moved out after a burglary, leaving their trusty (but very rude) alarm behind. When the new owners arrived and started renovations, the noise mercifully stopped.

The lesson? Unexpected distractions can throw our lives into chaos, and often, they’re closer than we think.

But this story isn’t just about random alarms. It’s about the silent thieves of our time: noise and distractions. Just like the blaring alarm, they pull us away from what truly matters, the tasks that move the needle towards our goals.

"Focus is the currency of achievement," said Peter Drucker, and he wasn’t wrong. When we scatter our attention across a dozen platforms…

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Rejoice Denhere
Vital World Online

Author and business owner. Putting teams and individuals on the path to success. Top Writer on Medium. https://rejoicedenhere.medium.com/membership