Can we agree that some people are more distractible than others?
Some have issues related to executive functioning. Their brains have difficulty getting organized and starting tasks due to deficits with planning, focusing, and their working memory. Here’s a bit more on that….
Others are easily distracted for other reasons.
I fall in the “other reasons” category…
After taking multiple tests online, I’m pretty sure that I’m a casebook “Highly Sensitive Person.”
According to the article 9 Common Traits of Highly Sensitive People in Psychology Today, if you have any of the following traits, there’s a chance that you are too….
*Do you feel overwhelmed when you have a lot on your plate?
*Do you withdraw when you’re overwhelmed?
*Do chaotic, noisy settings unnerve you?
*Do you sense when others are uncomfortable?
For more traits, check out this link…… 9 Common Traits of Highly Sensitive People
I experience quite a few of these Highly Sensitive People traits, and I would add another: I am an empath.
Not in a paranormal, X-file-y way.
I deeply feel the emotions of others.
I know that is the way God made me, and I’m thankful for it. It enables me to teach my son and my students how to show empathy.
However, I have to be careful.
I am easily pulled into emotional situations. Thus, enters- distraction.
Social Media can be a double edged sword for me: I love the connection it affords me to friends and family near and far; however, negative posts really get to me lol.
Which isn’t surprising as drama in general gets to me LOL.
I’m realizing the importance of being intentional about how I spend my mental energy:
*that fine balance of being a sounding board for others, but not being sucked into drama
*worrying less and praying more…
*Realizing so much is out of my control. And, reluctantly accepting that….
*Understanding that energy and time wasted on distractions, keep me from my goals.
I believe that we have to train our minds to be intentional, and to re-calculate when we are distracted.
I’m not saying I have it figured out. Or, that it’s an easy fix….
How DO we train our minds to focus on what matters most? It’s a topic worth further exploring! Stay tuned!