Discover how to fight the “epidemic of distraction and busyness”.
Epidemic: a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.
We have an epidemic of DISTRACTION & BUSYNESS.
Wherever you are, if you can, stop everything else you’re doing and just listen to me. If you’re driving, push pause and finish this when you pull in your driveway or the next parking lot.
I want you to experience what it feels like to be right here, right now.
Pause for 20 seconds, slowly look around your office, your house, your car, or wherever you’re listening. If you’re jogging or exercising, stop for 20 seconds and just slowly look around and take in your surroundings.
The key word here is slowly. The point of this experiment is NOT to take in as much information as you can, but to take a moment and just notice where you are right now.
What did you notice during that 20 seconds? Did you see more detain in your surroundings than you’ve ever noticed before? Did you realize how beautiful the trees are? Did you become very away of how uncomfortable your chair is? Did you see the faces of the people around you instead of just the fuzzy outline?
If you got impatient or anxious during that 20 seconds, you might need to consider the fact that you might be addicted to busy.
Why do we need to stay busy?
We feel like we need to stay busy to be productive, to live up to other’s expectations, and to be successful. Then we realize that we’re busy all the time and we know deep down that’s not what we really want. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be.
Productive and busy are two different things. Being productive is about achieving a specific outcome for the time and energy we invest in something. Being busy is about keeping our minds and bodies occupied with no positive or useful outcome.
Can you achieve things by being busy? Absolutely? The question becomes: are those things that really matter? Are those achievements WORTH investing your time and energy into?
Here’s the root of the problem:
We don’t live in the present. We live in the future.
Nobody ever puts STOP EVERYTHING AND ENJOY THIS MOMENT on their to-do list.
We LIVE in the future and we VACATION in the present.
Most of our goals, our projects, and even our busyness are driven by things we think we SHOULD achieve. Some are driven by things we simply WANT because we think they’ll bring us pleasure or solve a problem. Only a few are truly driven by need.
To stop living in the future and start living in the present more, you may need to give up some of your SHOULD or WANTS, or at least prioritize them accordingly. So many things we think we need are just shoulds or wants.
Everything you do you do because you choose to do it. You might feel obligated because you made a commitment. Yo might feel pressured by other people or a culture you live or work in. You might do things simply because they are habits that are deeply programmed in your brain and you’re not even aware that you do them.
But EVERYTHING you do is a choice.
If you don’t live in the present, it’s because you choose not to.
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