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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word distraction?
Is it something that takes away your focus? Or one that halts your progress in reaching your goals? Most people would think that distractions are bad and see them in a negative way, but I don't fully agree with that point of view.
We will encounter lots of distractions in everything that we do at every stage of our lives.
When we are babies learning to walk and talk, we tend to get distracted by the slightest view of shiny and colorful things. In our earliest time at school, we'll get distracted by games and hobbies. During middle school and high school, some of us start feeling and experience something that can be called love, which by itself can be categorized as a distraction. As a parent, we get distracted by our children when doing chores and working from home.
Various things just end up shifting our focuses around and if we can't handle it, they will stop our progress or even change our direction in life.
A few examples of bad distractions that I have included:
Drawing or scribbling in offline classes
Ever since I was in grade school, I found art mesmerizing. More specifically drawing (sketches) and music, I get inspiration and satisfaction with them. Whenever the subject gets too difficult and I'm starting to get sleepy, I'd draw and scribble all over my textbook and notebook.
In history class, I'd add mustaches and facial hairs all over the faces in the book, and during biology class, I'd scribble all over the pictures in the book. Maths and English are probably the only ones I haven't really screw with. Not because of how I like class, instead because of the super strict and scary teachers that led those lessons. I rarely gave my 100% focus in some classes due to the distraction of drawing and scribbling, which cause me to do overtime studies whenever exams are coming. Ah... how fun those high school times were.
Checking crypto and stock markets during online classes.
Unlike in offline classes, when I'm studying at home, there isn't really anyone to supervise what I do during online classes, especially when the lecturers don't require us to open our webcams. And so if I don't force myself to focus on the lesson, there's really a lot of distractions around. One of the most distracting things in this past year after finding out about crypto and stocks is none other than checking out the market whenever I can.
Most of us join the crypto-verse not only because we believe in the future prospect of it, but also to get some quick cash to fulfill our daily necessities and buy new things. I am one of those people.
I've spent quite a huge chunk of my savings and invested them on crypto (no shitcoins) and stocks. I am not a really active trader as I only trade every now and then. Yet even if I don't feel like trading, I keep on checking the price movements of crypto and stocks even during online classes. I do believe in the future of crypto, but I just can't calm down when the price fluctuates too much so I often get too distracted and don't pay any attention at all to the lecturers and instead watch the movements of the numbers.
Comic and Youtube binging during writing breaks.
When I write an article, most of the time I don't finish it in one go, as in I take a lot of short breaks along the process. During those 'short' breaks, I usually read some comics or watch Youtube videos to let my brain rest for a bit.
Unfortunately, there has been a lot of times when I was too immersed in reading comics or watching videos that I started doing them for a lot longer than I planned to. It isn't rare for me to forget about the article that I'm writing until I reached a part that I feel is good enough to stop in the manga/videos, and so, I was left with an article to finish late in the night.
That being said, from my experience in college and some stories from my seniors, there are times when distractions become something that can change your life for the better.
About two years ago, one of my classmates in college was 'distracted' into the entrepreneurship world. Mind you, we are in an engineering field so even if becoming a businessman is possible, it's might feel like a waste of time and effort for the years of studying engineering.
Anyways, he was just looking around for ways to earn more money so he don't have to rely on his parents for daily necessities and rent as he comes from a really distant place. He got the idea of building a company from scratch and started shifting his focus to that project.
At first, he started by publishing books filled with questions and guides for the first-year students. He was really good at marketing and from what I heard, he earned a net profit of about $1200 in a semester. The average cost of living for college students is about $150 per month so that's a really solid income.
But that book project met its demise after a year as I guess that it took too big of a toll on his body. That project was created with only 2 people in the core, my classmate and a senior. He started getting sick due to overworking and lack of rest and needed to be brought to the hospital.
After getting discharged, he decided to change the main focus of his company into 'tutoring' and now it's been almost 1,5 years of that company, and it's getting bigger and better by the day. Nowadays, he never really joins the online class and only shows up during the mid-term and final term exams. I don't know how he did it, but he still pass on every subject and even intends to be among the first ones to graduate from my year. He is taking the 'final project' subject this semester and if he passes it, then he'll graduate in 3,5 years.
From his story, I learned that what started as a small distraction, if given enough time, focus, and effort, can turn into a really promising prospect.
Though we must also consider what kind of 'distraction' it is. If you compare his kind of distraction to my version of distraction, you'll see the very significant difference.
What do you think? Do you agree that there is a good distraction and a bad distraction? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!