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Challenge: 7 Days Of Removing Distractions And Living With Intention

Life is fast, time flies and nobody’s going to feel feel for you for staying behind, absorbed with distractions and useless clutter. If you’re not careful, they will ruin your life before you know it. There are hundreds of decoys jumping in the front seat of your life and, collectively, they will control your life if you allow them. You have no choice but to remove them if you have dreams and aspirations to attain.

Day 1: Identify bad habits that affect your wellbeing

Are your sleeping in every day or watching way too much Netflix? Are you not eating healthy enough, preventing your body from creating the right amount of serotonin and making you more susceptible to distractions? these kinds of habits could be in the way of your ambitions.

Manage your life hygiene and rest, diet and exercise to boost your energy. Turn off the TV or better yet, move it to a room you rarely visit. This usually does the trick. Set up a bedtime routine, which will help you sleep well. And last but not least, create a gym routine and a healthy diet. These 3 simple actions will give you a clearer mind and energy to do your work.

Being an achiever in the long term perspective is what you want, but burning out quickly is what you get without sleep, healthy diet and exercise.

Day 2: Declutter your room or house

I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with minimalism recently. And one of the most exciting results has been a sharp increase in my productivity around work, especially the ability to focus and concentrate for longer stretches of time.

Minimalism suggests that by intentionally removing appealing but ultimately unimportant stuff from our lives, we end up living more in accordance with our values. One of the reasons being that there is less clutter leading to distractions. A cluttered space is a cluttered mind.

Clean up your house and get rid of/donate things you don’t use anymore. You don’t neccesarily have to adopt a complete minimalist lifestyle to live more intentionally.

A very popular method of decluttering is the Konmari method. Here’s a checklist to get you started:

Day 3: Eliminate digital distractions

Social media platforms can be huge distractions from accomplishing your goals and aspirations as well as from just being happy. We constantly compare ourselves to poeple on Instagram that only post the best parts of their life online.

Look at your screentime. On average people spend about 4 hours a day looking at their phone screen. Imagine the things you could do with 3 to 4 hours of extra time each day.

Whether it is to focus on your homework or to prevent yourself from falling into the comparison trap, start deleting and/or limiting your time on social media platforms.

In your settings, you can set a screentime for every app you’re using. Yoi can also set specific times of the day in which you can or cannot use certain distracting applications.

Day 4: Identify toxic relationships

We all have that one person in our lives that always sees tyhe glass as half empty, makes us question. what really matters to us and discourages us from reaching our full potential. It’s time to start identifying these people.

Ater you have identified these people, try to talk to them about how they make you feel. Try to redirect the relationship you have with them. If that doesn’t work out. it might be time to let them go.

This blogpost will help you identify the toxic distractions in your life:

Day 5: Declutter your mind

There are many different ways to declutter your mind and get rid of internal distractions. Find which one works for you:

  • Meditate. This one is probably the best habit I adopted to keep my AD(H)D under control. Read my blogpost about meditation and all of it’s benefits.
  • Journal. There is something calming about putting all your thoughts onto paper. Personally my head feels a lot less busy after doing some writing.
  • Set priorities. Your TO-DO list should be organized. Order your tasks from most important to least important.
  • Be specific. Your daily plan should be very specific. Try to break down tasks into smaller tasks as much as you can.
  • Unwind. Unwinding every day at the end of the day makes me wake up more refreshed and energized to start the day on a productive note.
  • Accept yourself. Sometimes our insecurities and imperfections can be distracting and discouraging us from our goals and aspirations. Letting go and learning to love yourself is key for being happy.
Mental distractions

Day 7: Plan your perfect day

Start the day off with one big goal. This will set the tone for all your tasks for the day, and every time you write down your tasks you can refer back to your original goal and make sure everything you’re doing is in line with that.

Make every task very specific. Making a very specific action plan for the day eliminated dicision fatigue and makes you more likely to accomplish your goal for the day.

To help make your daily plan more structured and specific, You can purchase the daily planner in my Etsy shop.

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Day 8: Reflect

Self-reflecting has a lot of benefits. It has made me more self-aware of my bad habits and where my time goes. Here are some questions to ask yourself at the end of the day:

  1. Where did most of my time go?
  2. What am I most proud of today?
  3. What could be better and how?
  4. What are things I shouldt do anymore? Make a NOT TO-DO list.

That was it for this challenge! I hope this will help you live your life more intentionally. If you do this challenge dot forget to post a story and tag me on Instagram (@mindofneha).

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