This week’s spring cleaning is about something I never realized was a problem until the past year or so–distraction. I had the habit of allowing myself to be distracted, which had several bad side effects on my life. I’m slowly learning to redirect myself when distraction creeps in.
Distraction can spring from many sources. Knowing what triggers yours is the first step in changing it. I’ve discovered there are three things that cause most of my distraction. Yours may be different. Pay attention and learn how to counter your distraction so that you are more focused.
My first source of distraction is being preoccupied with things I can’t control. Worrying robs me of my peace and keeps me from living in the present. Prayer should be my response, not worry. Time spent with the Lord is never wasted.
About nine years ago, I started the habit of beginning my day with prayer and devotionals. Reading the Bible and quietly starting my day with the Lord helps squash worry before it starts. It has changed my life.
If worry creeps in and distracts me, I try to redirect myself with worship music, an affirmation from scripture, or a prayer. This helps my mind come back to the Lord before it gets away from me.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
Social media can also be a distraction, which is why I have deleted the Facebook app from my phone. I was wasting too much time scrolling away, looking at largely frivolous content. I could be spending time with family, writing, or tending to my home instead of using social media. Cutting down on social media has been a great choice for me. You can read more about that journey HERE.
I’ve had two social media fasts in 2019. Both times, I found I was more focused and productive without it. I’m still learning to find just the right balance to keep it from distracting me. The good news is, I’m making progress and I see where I still need improvement.
“Everything is permissible,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is edifying.
-1 Corinthians 10:23
The third main thing that causes distraction for me is multitasking. Some people multitask and consider it a badge of honor. It’s not for me. Most of the time when I multitask, I end up doing a little bit of this and that but I fail to get things completed.
At this point in my life, I am more concerned about completing what I start than juggling many tasks. I like to focus on one task at a time. When I steer clear of multitasking, I am way less likely to be distracted. This helps me finish more of what I start, even if it takes longer.
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
As you pursue a less distracted life, I pray you find balance and seek God’s help in doing so. He is able to help us live abundant lives free of distraction. Next week will wrap up the Spring Cleaning Series as we talk about bitterness. Thanks for reading!
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.