Why you need to be distracted sometimes
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I've given motivational talks on getting beyond distractions so one can "get down to business and accomplish your goals and dreams."
This is something I excel at -- focusing to achieve.
Unfortunately it's also partly responsible for my blood pressure being higher than it should be, and some other not-so-positive outcomes.
I have friends who accomplish a bit less than me, however they are generally healthier. And I've realized if I keep going this way they may outlast me. Not that I want my friends to die, but I really would prefer that none of us be missing. :)
So, I started thinking maybe I need a distraction now and then. A friend recently told me they take a break from working at their computer every 20 minutes, get up and walk around, just for the benefit to their vision alone. They are one of the most successful people I know so apparently regular planned distractions haven't affected their work.
Yesterday I said that I wasn't sure what I was going to do about my "me time" not working.
I've always been vehemently against distractions but I'm starting to see through the example of others I respect or admire that within moderation they may have some value especially for those with workaholic tendencies.
Yesterday I tried something new. For someone without a strong work ethic it might be a dangerous thing, even a terrible thing. For others it might prove helpful and even help to get more done in the long run.
I found a 'distraction' to take part in a few times during the day. Pinterest was my choice distraction yesterday. After every hour I'd stop for a few minutes and I'd click through looking at delightful things -- most things I'll never possess, but just wonderful eye candy. I had a blast. After a few minutes, I'd go back to my work and press in hard for a while until the next "distraction break".
I actually got more done than I usually do, despite the distraction! Hmmmmmmm...
I think this might be a real key to things improving.