Distract– from Webster’s Dictionary
archaic : insane, mad
a : to turn aside : divert <refused to be distracted from her purpose> b : to draw or direct (as one’s attention) to a different object or in different directions at the same time <was distracted by a sudden noise> 2 : to stir up or confuse with conflicting emotions or motives
Medical Definition of DISTRACTION
1a : diversion of the attention b : mental derangement
I sat down in front of my computer to write. I needed to get my laundry done. I needed to take out the trash. I needed to figure out what I was going to wear to work today. I needed to check my bank account online and make sure nothing was happening that wasn’t supposed to. I wanted to look at Facebook and check my emails to see if there was anything there that needed my attention. I wanted to look for jobs in case there was something better out there that I could qualify for. I needed to give the dog a bath. I wanted to go downstairs to look at the weather on TV. I still needed to get something to eat and take a shower before I left for work.
I went and sat out on the front porch to collect my thoughts and organize my day. With everything I thought I wanted and needed to do, I was exhausted. I didn’t have enough time to get it all done. I went back upstairs, turned off the computer and laid down for a nap. There was always tomorrow to write. I was too busy today.
How many times has this happened to you? You set out to do one thing and two hundred others come up or come to mind. Unless you are one of those who can “multitask,” pretty soon everything overwhelms you and you end up getting nothing done.
My wife is one of those who can multitask quite well. She calls it multitasking, I call it watching a squirrel on crack. She can start cleaning in one room and walk into another, see something that needs to be done, start on that, walk into another room and do the same thing. Soon she has six or seven things going (half done) and somehow can manage to finish them all sometime that day.. I usually leave the house or go upstairs just to get out of the “confusion.”
Usually, if I cant finish a project within an allotted amount of time, I don’t start. I want to devote my full attention to something or not at all. One thing at a time. If I start a house cleaning project it is one room at a time, or one task like vacuuming. Once that is completed then it is on to the next. I suffer from OSAD (Organizational Simplicity Attention Disorder). If I start thinking about something else, its over. Too many thoughts and I retreat to my nothing box. Once I start worrying about something, I give it my full attention and the original task never gets completed.
[ Do Not Worry ] “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
I find it interesting that one of the definitions of distract and distraction is insanity. If you don’t keep to the project at hand, getting sidetracked and derailed with the least little thing, sooner or later it will make you feel like you cant get anything done. Worrying about things is just a distraction, a supplant of the evil one to stir up or confuse with conflicting emotions or motives. It can make you goofy.