This evening while trying to read and being miserably distracted by my to-do list, I realized, I physically don’t know how to live in the moment. Maybe I don’t have the personality for it, maybe I’ve just never actually tried to do it. My mind is always moving ahead to the next action or idea, I never fully give my attention to just one thing. And multitasking is good, but I think I don’t know how to single task anymore. The worst part is though, I am not efficient. At all. I am distracted by everything in my life.
That sounds dramatic, I know. But, hear me out on this.
When nothing gets my full attention, how can I be genuine in anything I do? How can I ever be satisfied if I am never giving anything my all? I constantly get frustrated because I am exhausted from my day and so I half ass a lot of things because I’m too tired to actually give them my full attention and do them right, or even finish them. Sometimes, I will start cleaning out my closet, get bored halfway through, and just give up. Which leaves a huge mess everywhere that stresses me out for days. I don’t finish things because I never actually give them all of my attention.
Sadly, I think a huge culprit of my attention deficit is social media and my phone in general. Currently, I check all my social media platforms every 15 minutes or so, and even though I say I’ll just look really quick, I always get sucked in. Like balls deep in a Facebook quiz to see which mythical female monster I am most like, kind of sucked in. (For the record I got this one lady monster that tickles men to death and always has to have wet hair or she will die.) And while that information is super super useful, it’s also five minutes of my life I will never get back. Five minutes might not seem like much but I probably do that at least 25 times a day…*insert math* WHICH IS TWO HOURS OF MY DAY. Two hours a day I spend doing literally nothing productive or useful or even fun. Oddly enough, I am always complaining about not having enough time to get things done, but if I cut out social media, I would have an extra two hours a day for all that stuff I think I don’t have time for.
This being said, I (conveniently) think single tasking is a huge part of minimalism and the road to happiness in general. I think that giving my full attention to one thing at a time will be a serious step to being better in general. I have so much more to offer when I can fully focus on just one thing.
When I decided that I wanted to figure out what preppy minimalism could mean and find a way to incorporate glitter and pink into minimalism, I started with my closet. But after really reading more about the minimalist movement and taking steps towards that lifestyle, I’ve realized that it is just that– a lifestyle.
Minimalism is far greater than just a wardrobe change, it is learning to let go of the things you don’t actually need to make space for what you do need. Single-tasking is just one small step on the road to a minimalist lifestyle. So, to make a step in the right direction, I am deciding to do a social media detox this week. I am going to give myself 30 minutes a day for social media. And I will just see how much more productive I can be when I focus on one thing at a time and put my phone down.