Day 21: Deadly Distractions

Photography by Joanne Diongzon

Photography by Joanne Diongzon

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
— Psalms 90:12 (ESV)

If the average person lives to about 75 years, that's about 39,420,000 minutes to live. I'm currently 29, so that means I have about 24,177,600 minutes left to live. Thinking about your remaining years in minutes is pretty scary. So the big question is, what are you going to do with the time you have left?

I have full-time job, and the hours are pretty demanding. So I'm limited on time to actually work on my business. That means I have to be extremely diligent with my time. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes - Facebook, e-mails, and even people. Distractions kill momentum. A five minute distraction can lead to 15 minutes of trying to remember what you last did so you can get back on track. That's 20 minutes of your own time wasted. That's 20 minutes of productive opportunities you could have taken. The secret is to beat those distractions is to find a specific time and place to allow yourself 25 minutes of work. It's called the Pomodoro Technique

Basically, this technique breaks up your time in 30 minute intervals. 25 minutes of pure work, then a five minute break after. You can read more about it in an article I found, but it's essentially a technique that gives you a narrow gap to work hard without burning out. I've tested it once and I found it to be pretty effective. I'm going to use it more this week and figure out a routine that suits me best.

This technique doesn't have to be the only way to get rid of distractions. Everyone is different, so you should find your own way that works best. But just remember your time is limited. For me, I have now have 24,177,590 minutes left to live. What are you going to do with the time you have, and the minutes you have left?

Get rid of those deadly distractions.