Difficulty freeing yourself of distractions?
Having a hard time holding up the Do Not Disturb sign?
We’ve all been there. And if we’re honest, the saga continues. . .
Every day we begin again. This time with a sincere resolution to finish what we’ve started without the interference of social media and text messages (my vice), crises that really aren’t crises but failures to plan, and the subtle interruptions of our own disconnected thoughts. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to excel in a completely distraction free so we must limit the amount of distractions that hinder instead.
Everyone has a specific purpose. A unique design and a predetermined destiny. And we can’t let largely avoidable, time consuming, energy wasting distractions encumber our response to God’s purpose and plan for our lives.
What has God given you to do consistently and predominantly that you keep shifting to the back burner?
Prioritizing is key. According to Pastor and Bible teacher, David Jeremiah, priorities are the result of purpose and purpose is the result of a personal relationship with Christ. Without a personal relationship with Christ, we won’t know our purpose. And with no knowledge of our true purpose, there can be no consistent governing of right priorities.
There are ways to limit distractions and delve into purpose daily without fail.
Here’s what I’ve discovered:
- Do it first. Every day. The temptation for me every single day is to place the urgent before the important. Do the important things first. Many days I must verbally remind myself of my purpose and get on top of it. Mentally, this is very difficult when other visible things beg my attention. But I realize that when I focus on purpose first, not only will I have time for the incidentals, but I am more fulfilled at the end of the day—even if I have to move the incidentals to the next day.
- Set reasonable/realistic timelines. For most of us, it’s not possible to spend the entire day and evening hours honing our purpose, particularly when it is not richly related to our employment. Setting a reasonable and realistic timeline gives us designated time to perfect our purpose without feeling guilty when we are not engrossed in activities related to it.
- Take a decisive aim at distractions. Most of us have multiple email addresses linked to our cell phones. The notification alerts alone are a huge distraction. Most emails can be wait until a predetermined time to be answered. Learn to silence the alerts and/or turn off the sync to your email until you are ready to retrieve the content. Receiving and replying to emails all day long can be quite time consuming. The same is true for text messages; treat them as you would emails. For phone calls, limit these to emergencies and use voicemail otherwise. Most days when I am writing, calls are set to voicemail unless the calls are from my family.
- Plan the night beforehand. Failing to plan impedes progress. Map out your day to the best of your knowledge. Waiting until the day is in full swing may cause a cloudiness that makes it easier to say, “Maybe tomorrow.” Planning alleviates needless frustration and having a flexible schedule allows for the manipulation of events that are in clear view. Planning and workable schedules give direction and empower; they should ensure that the right things are getting done.
Priorities are the result of purpose and purpose is the result of a personal relationship with Christ.
These are just a few key interventions I’m learning to master on my quest to walk faithfully in the God’s purpose for my life.
What has worked for you? How are you dealing with the daily distractions in your life?
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