So yesterday I was attempting to run on the treadmill. I am currently on a health kick, so I go to the gym every day. I was looking around, and I could not go very fast because I was distracted and I would lose my balance and to lose your balance on the treadmill can lead to serious injury. My trainer was getting frustrated because I would not focus and finally out of frustration he goesHillary keep your eyes center and FOCUS if you turn your head you will lose your balance and fall, but if you look straight ahead, you will be able to run.Click To Tweet
That phrase hit me so hard. I identify turned my head to the center of the treadmill and what do you know I was able to go fat for a severely overweight girl. My mind started to clear I got into the zone, and it hit me. If I want to achieve my goals and dreams, I need to focus and keep my eyes on the prize. I mean I do have some big goals
- I want to write my book
- I am on a tight deadline with a client project
- I am behind on this blog and newsletter, and I need to step it up if I want to succeed truly
I am addicted to social media. I will admit it. It is an endless loop on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I cycle through them constantly. I see other people succeeding and wonder why I am so behind and then on the treadmill it hit me. I am not FOCUSED. I am always looking around, andI am falling and God, it is so HARD to get up.Click To Tweet
I thought long and hard on how to get myself out of the social media cycle and the endless Facebook and WhatsApp chats, and I looked around, and I saw a lot of people that I look up to and respect use Freedom which is an internet blocker. I looked and was like I can block everything on my computer, phone, and Kindle.
I ADMIT IT MADE ME QUERY THINKING ABOUT BLOCKING everything for ten hours a day. I mean what if the world ends and I don’t know it? I searched deep within myself, and I knew I need this program so that I can focus from 1 pm to 10 pm every day during my most creative writing time.
I am curious to see how this experiment goes. Will I get lots of writing done? Will I go insane? Will my friends forget I exist? I am writing this with it on and out of habit I went to check Facebook and it was blocked. So it has saved me from me already.
Social media is essential in business, yes but it can also cause you to stumble because you are so busy look at other people you forget about yourself. I will let you know how this experiment goes and if it helped me achieve my goals.My advice to you look at your prize look at the center and FOCUS, and the world will be yours. Click To Tweet
At my core I am a writer and damn it, I must write if I want to get ahead in this crowded space. There are millions of blogs and writers out there, and if I want to stand out and succeed then I need to block all distractions and FOCUS
So I got ready. I posted an announcement on Facebook that I would be unavailable from 1 pm to 10 pm and I informed all my clients. I set up an email autoresponder in Dundsado so that anyone who emails me will know I will respond the next morning. I downloaded my writing soundtrack I know all of the songs, and it is just background music to me plus it gets me pumped up to reach for my goals here is it is you are interested
After all of that, I was like ok Hillary You can do this. Go ahead and buy just ONE month and see how it goes. I purchased one month and then it was time to schedule it to activate at one pm and run until 10 pm. They even have a feature where you can lock it so you can change your mind later. I mean THAT is a SERIOUS commitment. It was hard emotionally, but I did it. I scheduled the blocker and locked it and now for the month ahead at least I am cut off from the world from 1 to 10 pm.