Are you busy? For most us, the answer is always "Yes".
John Lennon once said "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Making plans and being busy isn't always a bad thing, but are we in fact so busy that we might be missing out on the important things in our lives like staying connected with family and friends; being productive at work; making our health a priority; or achieving our personal goals.
We are all familiar with the dangers of distracted driving – having our minds on other things besides paying attention to the road. We are trying to do so many things at once that we can't be fully present in the most important task.
Is distraction a bigger problem? Is being "too busy" causing distracted living?
There are things we can do to help us minimize distractions in order to pursue a more purposeful life or focus on what matters the most to you.
- Prioritize What's Important: Make your health a priority, balance demands at work, and choose how you spend your personal time.
- Use Technology Selectively: Limit the constant stream of information by turning off 24-hour news cycles and unplugging from technology.
- Connect With People: Focus on nurturing quality relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
- Pause and Be Present: Stop and slow down the pace. Find moments to reflect and recharge.