Right now, right in this moment, I've completely lost my train of thought. Completely! I can't seem to tap into my motivation for writing the piece I was working on and I cannot remember the ultimate point I was trying to drive home. Why? Because I got distracted.
Just as I was writing, my phone rang and I answered it. Instead of prioritizing my writing, I chose to pick up the call, figuring I'd only be a few moments. I thought I could pick up where I left off, but I was wrong. This is a very bad habit of mine and today in this moment I'm making the decision to stop doing it.
By allowing distractions, I'm saying that my work is not important and I'm not being fair to myself.
By choosing to answer that call, I made my thoughts and moment of inspiration less important than a phone conversation. In some cases that may actually be true, but most of the time it is not. I've yielded my time to keeping others company on their daily commutes, while they wait for their kids or spouses, as they eat their lunch, etc. even while I was writing my dissertation. The irony is that most of these people have no problem sending me straight to voicemail when they are working on important projects, sermon prepping, or simply pursuing their goals.
I have to learn to set boundaries and become more protective over my time. Otherwise I will have spent my life helping everyone else to be great without ever fulfilling my own purpose.
How do you set boundaries and protect your time from distractions?