Have you ever turned down the music in your car when you’re getting closer to your destination to make sure you are following the right directions? Or, have you ever needed the pure sound of silence to read something because any type of noise completely takes you off task? How amazing would it be to just have all the noise stop when it’s time to study or focus, right? Of course, it’s not that easy, but if the world sometimes had a mute button, oh what a time it would be to be alive!
Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work like that. The noise is everywhere and it’s loud asf! No, I’m not crazy. I’m not just talking about the literal term of noise, but the figurative term as well. Noise comes in every form of matter: People, Places, Things, Events and just some good old bs.
It’s like when all you need to do is concentrate, something somewhere bumps into your mute button and turns the bass up. How annoying! All you want is peace and quiet and the world is blasting the Beyoncé song that you know all the choreography to. You’ve now made your decision to let the noise overtake you.
The real problem with noise is that it’s almost always unproductive. You’re satisfying a curiosity or an itch, but you aren’t really getting much done or accomplished. The noise is just taking up space and time that more than likely can be better utilized. However, the thing with most noise is that it’s inconvenient, yet always on time. The perfect combination for an excuse, especially when you have better things to do. Especially when what you’re doing is less appealing and acquires your entire attention.
Just think of noise as music, literally. Music is intriguing. It produces a feeling. It attracts the ears, which can attract the mind and before you know it, you’re lost in a song and you forgot about that important thing you were supposed to be doing. Then all of sudden that one song that pops up in your head, makes you think of another and omg, you’ve now wasted an hour of your time going down memory lane and you can’t even remember how you got there.
It happens with music. It happens with social media. It happens with friends. It happens with push notifications! Noise isn’t always bad, but, sometimes you must have the willpower to cancel out the noise or push through even with the distractions that lie in front of you.
I don’t even want to count (or probably could) the times I’ve let the noise overtake me. It could be a quiet beeping noise or a loud drumming noise, either way, it caught my attention and diverted me from whatever I was trying to accomplish. And there goes another reason to not finish another task and a reason to procrastinate and a reason to reason with myself on why the noise is more important than doing what I’m supposed to do!
It’s okay to enjoy the noise, but don’t let it get in the way of the tangible and important things you have to do. Most noise is just false alarms of wasted attention that lead to nothing. Be aware of what you let consume you. You must protect yourself and know that not everything is meant for you to hear or react to. It’s okay to hit mute and focus on the task at hand, no matter how intriguing it may be.
So, what’s the noise in your life that constantly taking you off track? What’re the things that consistently get you move away from focus without fail? Have you identified your noise? Have you made a plan to how to address the noise? Don’t worry it comes with time and I’m working on it too. The first step is finding the source of a problem than finding a way to address it. We’ll get it!
If you have learned how to turn down the noise in your life, I must say I’m so proud of you! Drop a comment below and let me know how you cope with noise!
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