If you’re like me and always having difficulties to stay consistent in achieving good habits, one of the thing you need to do is to pre-plan for distraction and temptation.
All of us are great with writing resolutions, goals and to-do list, but we forgot the not-to-do list. The paradox of choice turns our willpower weak and weaker. We’re prompted with so many things every day that we easily lose focus.
The world’s most valuable resource is not money, not time, but attention and good focus.
It’s so hard not to check our social media notifications and get lost in replying dms and comments. It’s even harder not to scroll the Instagram in the morning that we don’t realize it steals from us 15 minutes at the minimum.
Those 15 minutes though seems small, is the culprit to our priorities i.e the morning routine that we’re trying to establish. 15 minutes is what it takes to write my 100 words. 15 minutes every day will get you to read 1-2 books monthly. 15 minutes is enough for a simple workout session at home if you’re just starting with exercising. 15 minutes of good attention will bring you into many more possibilities.
So, don’t just plan for what you want to do or achieve, but also plan for the things that may come into your way. Before I leave, I would like to share some of my ‘current plan’ tailored to my situation and kind of distractions, just to give you some ideas.
- Unplug, put your phone to aeroplane mode when you’re focusing on something (i.e writing)
- Have a template of polite rejection if your friends ask you out during your productive time. (It’s hard for me to say NO sometimes – I need to plan and rehearse how to do so.)
- Don’t write when your kids/spouse are awake if you know it’s so hard and will just demotivate you from the things that you’re working on. Wake up earlier than them.
- Have a sticky note at your working area that says – Focus. NO Youtube. NO Podcast. NO Email. NO Reading.
- Habits start small to be attainable, they can grow and be built from there. Sometimes, we want to start doing so many things at the same time. If you’re having this problem, list down all the things that you’re interested in. Pick maximum 5, and avoid the others at all cost. You can always go there later.
and I don’t have a TV for long, that helps like hell.