Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Why you need to be distracted sometimes

Image courtesy of http://www.psiquilt.com/2011/07/pinterest.html
I have preached against "fatal distractions."

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.  

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