Ever since February 1, I don’t know what it is with February in particular, I’ve had a hard time sitting down to read. The funny thing is I want to read. I’m not in a reading slump. I love the book I’m currently reading and I have other books I want to get to this month. The problem lies in distractions!
TV isn’t so much of a distraction for me anymore. I only watch a few shows religiously and I usually record them with my TiVo and watch them on the weekend when I have more time. My form of distraction is my blasted smart phone! I have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). I don’t want to be left out. I want to be included. So I glue myself to my phone instead of realizing that I can check my email, Facebook, texts, other social media tomorrow and not have the world implode on me!
I may need to go into a 12-step program for people addicted to media. And, I’m not trying to make light of addictions. I’m serious. I think this is a real thing.
I have a daily commitment of putting all media away at 7:30 pm so I can disconnect from the world. Unfortunately, I haven’t been keeping that commitment at all. I started this to help me sleep better. But, I’m thinking I need to be more committed and hard-nosed with myself just so I can actually be more productive and get more reading done and learn to deal with my FOMO.
Do you ever get distracted, not by legitimate things like kids or work but by senseless things, so much that it stops you from reading as much as you want to? What do you do to put away those distractions?