There are so many things that compete for our time these days.
Demands for nearly constant connectivity are woven in to personal desires to be in the loop and stay up-to-date with friends, family and others in what has become an almost parallel world within an online space.
In addition, responsibilities in the physical world from our work, family and personal arenas have us trekking here and there, squeezing yet another thing into our already laden schedules, to the point where many of us now feel the need or desire to specifically schedule time for ourselves in order to decompress from the phrenetic pace of daily life.
Even in those times when things feel tolerable, when the unexpected occurs, we are thrown off of our game and into a world where squeezing in yet another thing seems unbearable. Where what originally felt like flow quickly transforms into a strong desire to flee the reality of our fast-paced world.
Adding to the mix the notoriously unpredictable nature of a change, it is easy to want to seek solace in every escape measure at hand in order to cope with all of the chaos.
What does the face of uncertainty look like?
I’ve written in the past about how some people have a tendency to react to uncertain situations by shifting into busy bee mode, and others run the risk of getting stuck in the mud. Another interesting phenomenon shows up in what many of us refer to as distractions.
When unexpected or unplanned tasks, situations, events and such show up in our lives, it is common to label them as distractions, because they are taking us away from things we would otherwise be doing. But is that what they really are?
Many of us also have a tendency to think that distractions are beyond our control, “I wanted to focus on x, but was distracted by y, so I wasn’t able to get to it.”
This mentality places us firmly as passengers, instead of drivers in our lives, as well as in our changes. But does it really have to be this way?
This week we will hone in on the idea of distractions:
We’re also going to consider the idea that some of what we call distractions are actually, in fact, disruptions. We’ll take a look at:
I hope you join us as we explore these topics. I have personally found that clarifying the difference between distractions and disruptions have given me a greater sense of choice and control over my life, and hope you find the same is true for you!
About the Author
Megan Rounds, Ed.D. is owner and principle perculator of perculcha, llc.
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