I get distracted easily. Way too easily.
There are two practices that refocus my brain and heart:
1. Do the Next Simplest Action: This is especially helpful at work. I just pick up one piece of paper or open one email and do the very next action related to that piece of paper or email. Then I move on to the next one thing. I get traction, and then I’m off to the races.
2. Boil It All Down: This method works when my mind is wandering or when I’m generally confused about my priorities, whether at home or at work or anywhere. I remind myself what life boils down to. In my world, that means (a) faith, (b) care for my personal mental, spiritual, and physical health, (c) my wife, and (d) my children. Then I do the next thing that makes sense in light of those priorities.
I inject myself in as the second item on that list of priorities because if my physical, mental, or spiritual health is spiraling, I’m no good to anybody.
Note that I’m not talking about spending all day playing golf or the slots in Vegas or Cherokee (redneck Vegas). I’m talking about making sure I’m rested, eating well, spending time in prayer and with friends who encourage and challenge me, and learning.
That’s how I battle distractions or how I refocus myself when I’m feeling overwhelmed.
- Do the next simplest thing.
- Boil down your priorities.
Those two things work for me.
How about you? How do you bring your mind and heart back into focusing on the right things?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments.