What’s Standing in the Way of Your Productivity

24 hours, 1440 minutes and 86,400 seconds in a day. At the surface it seems like there is plenty of time to work, eat and catch Scandal  but at the end of the day we look up and wonder where the heck our day has gone.

There have been so many times that I’ve made great goals for myself for the day only to realize there is one thing standing in the way of achieving them…MY PHONE. *wait hold on a sec, I just got mentioned in a Groupme chat*

This past weekend I took on the challenge of climbing a 6.5 mile long mountain hike in the Arizona Hot Springs. I was so pumped about this adventure until I arrived and realized I couldn’t post my every move on Snapchat. One bar of service AT&T? WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONE BAR? How are people going to see the rock I just climbed? I wanted to take a picture of my lunch in the wilderness and make people jealous they aren’t there!

But I had to accept that a 5 hour trip into God’s land would include absolutely no service and a disconnect from the world. At first it was super difficult considering I’m used to picking up my phone every 5 minutes to check on what someone said about Meek Mill on Twitter or whose baby daddy blasted them on Facebook but Arizona was not having it. And you know what? It was nice. Just me and my nine friends taking on new challenges together and absorbing the absolute beauty of the world without distractions.

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I started thinking about how my phone is such a huge distraction and how much of my time it takes up. Think about it. Most people wake up and immediately check their emails, social sites and texts without even eating breakfast. We wake up and end the day with this big ball of distraction and forget to just plug out of the world and embrace our own world.

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If you are itching to be more productive and focused I suggest 3 things:

  • Don’t check your phone until you have had alone time in the morning. This could include prayer, reading, working out or whatever you can do to connect to your deeper self. I’ve found that this helps calm the mind before we fill it with junk that makes us insecure and petty.
  • Schedule designated time to work on your dreams. Leave the phone at home or in another room while you think of ideas or commit to something you really want to do. This will close any gap to get distracted and lazy.
  • Go explore the world by taking a walk outside or visiting an art gallery. Whatever you choose, find something that will reconnect you to who you are and the person you want to become.

Social media and technology is great but sometimes it’s just a breath of fresh air to unplug. If you want to discover how far you can really go and what you can achieve I challenge you to unplug from your phone for at least 30 minutes this week. I promise it will open your eyes to how much we rely on our phones as boredom defaults.

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Grind time. #letsglow

Alaina Nicole

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