Do you get distracted easily and find yourself procrastinating on important tasks? In today’s video post, I reveal four harmful time-wasters that may be limiting your ability to pursue your dreams. Once you eliminate these distractions, you will have the time and energy you need to make progress on your big goals.
In the video, I share some helpful tips you can use to get rid of four common distractions that often lead to procrastination on your goals.
1. Watching too much TV
Remember, the more time you spend watching television, the less time you have available to take action on your dreams. If you’re a TV show-junkie, challenge yourself to cancel your cable package for a month and limit your overall TV time to no more than one hour per week. You will notice that you actually have much more free time to work on your goals! Plus, you’ll have a little extra money from not having to pay for cable :)
2. Spending a lot of random time on social media
We all know that social media can be a huge time suck, but many people justify it by saying they are “socializing” with their friends. If you find yourself scrolling through photos and status updates for hours at a time, you’re definitely wasting the opportunity to use that time to build your business, write your book, exercise, hang out with your “real” friends and family or any other activity you want to pursue. Try cutting back on your Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest time. Give yourself no more than one hour a day to “check in” and connect with people online. Then go live your life!
3. Participating in unfulfilling relationships just to “pass the time”
There are some people in your life that don’t really need to be there. These are the friends that do nothing but bring you down or take, take, take and never give you much back in return. If you’re surrounded by people who don’t add anything to your life, it limits your ability to grow. Look around your circle of friends, family and romantic partners and see if it’s time to end those relationships that you’re only hanging onto because they’re familiar ways to “pass the time.” You don’t have to allow yourself to be distracted by people you don’t want to be around anyway.
4. Trying to live other people’s lives for them
It can be really difficult to watch loved ones making mistakes, over and over. But you can’t keep beating your head against a wall trying to “fix” their situations for them. When you focus on how other adults are living their lives, it leaves less time for you to fully live your own. Choose to step back from other people’s drama and shift your energy back where it belongs – on you.
If you’ve been making slow progress on your goals, it may be time for you to stop looking for distractions! Stop channel-surfing to find something “good” on TV. Stop scrolling through Facebook and Instagram photos of people you don’t even know. Stop reading the latest celebrity gossip blogs to find out who’s dating who this week. Please…just STOP. Life is too short to waste energy on things that don’t really matter.
Be conscious of how you spend your time and make sure you’re using it in a way that honors your values and goals. (click here to tweet this quote!)
Leave a comment: Which one of these distractions do you struggle with the most?