As numerous things compete for our attention daily, it’s now more important than ever before to know how to stay focused on our highest priorities.
There is a saying, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing,” which really means that what matters most is our main priorities.
As we all have different responsibilities, what’s important to one person may not necessarily be another person’s priority. The challenge we face is to stay focused on what we’re doing because we can easily get distracted with so many things now.
Most adults can easily lose or waste up to fours hours daily because of distractions, which may include watching television, surfing the internet and being on various social media platforms. Over a course of a working week, that equates to 20 hours, and around 1,000 hours per year that’s wasted.
If the average adult works for 40 years, that’s equivalent to 40,000 hours wasted during their adult life because of distractions. This means about 4.5 years of an adult’s life, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is wasted as a result of distractions.
If we convert that into monetary terms, it’s not surprising to learn that distractions costs us more than just time. Imagine missing out on 4.5 years of income throughout our adult life. Once we start considering the opportunity costs, or the things we could have been doing instead with that time, it adds up to more than just 4.5 years of income.
It’s time to take back control and be more focused.