As I turned the corner I could see that the traffic was bad, but I live on a one way street so there was no choice. The first light turned red, then green, onto the next block to be greeted by another red light. I glanced down at my phone, adjusted the temperature dial on the dash and heard a horn. The light had turned green and this distracted (I call it being board) author looked up to see the light had changed to green.
There are a lot of things in our lives that distract us from the important stuff. You know the important stuff no-one wants to do like cleaning out your closets, "Oh, I need to cook supper", or doing mundane paper work, "I must check my social media." God knows the world may be falling apart and I need to know about that (like there is anything I could do about it, I think my superhero cape is in my closet...got to clean that after supper).
It is something that many of us struggle with. What I have found is that, much like your bills, the longer you leave the task, the worst it gets.
Lack of focus and personal self sabotage are major stumbling blocks in moving forward and getting things done. Some of us have shared this trait when we attended school for example. We crammed for exams or put off projects.
Self sabotage it is when you have important work to do but sabotage it by doing something else you talk yourself into being more important at the time. I am board with mundane tasks, so I usually will talk myself into doing something more "exciting"
Something I am trying to do is schedule tasks. By scheduling blocks of time and rest I can concentrate on the task knowing that focus is mandatory for that block.
It's much like getting in your car and getting all the green lights for a specific period of time. You are basically giving yourself permission to have that time to be productive without any outside influence. We are all satisfied with a completed task, so let's all get out there and get the important s**t done!!
Other outside influences can carry a lot of weight on your mind and productivity. If you are thinking about an outstanding bill you owe, an argument you had with your partner or child can all bring clutter to your thoughts and render you less than 100%. You could be having your home renovated and are having trouble focusing in all the chaos. All these things can contribute to loss of focus.
Sometimes you have big obligations at home and work. It may be financial, emotional or a family commitment like looking after an aging parent or disabled child. All these things can rob you of focus.
I think the key to this exercise is to guide us into examining our own lives and how we may have custom built our own 'house of limitations", but more importantly to identify it and make the necessary "home improvements" to fix what is wrong and get on with building the second storey, or the next chapter in your life story because by doing nothing you will be in the same place tomorrow as you were today. And that is ok...if you like where you are.