How To Stay Focused On Your Goals – For Pokemon Go Addicts
For the past few weeks, I pride myself on being able to keep one of the biggest distraction in modern days out of my life. The Pokemon Go. I thought I was never going to be one of the hundreds of millions trapped in the virtual world of catching imaginary monsters.
But knowing the fickle mind of humans when it comes to temptation, I know this day would come eventually. My favorite life coach said that you have to stay focused on your goals no matter what. Well, I think getting the Pokemon Go installed on my smartphone is no exception either.
But hey, I thought downloading the apps would be a good way to create a trendy topic like this. Alright, lame excuse. The truth is, after seeing so many retailers using Pokemon Go as their marketing gimmicks, I just know I have to download it. You know, when they offer discounts or free meals to customers who have some rare monsters or a high character level, I wouldn’t want to miss out.
See, I’m drifting off and not focus on my goal already (which is to blog about staying focus on our goal). And this is only the first day I’m on Pokemon Go. Hello, Pokemon addicts out there, do you still remember what are your goals are?
(Well, if you didn’t have one then I recommend you to visit this lovely post on goal setting at Mindtools)
Well, if you have recollected what your goals are; passing your exams, getting promoted, landing more big clients or quitting Pokemon Go(no, seriously!), then there are the few things you (and me ) must do. Here’re 7 ways of how to stay focused on your goals, especially if you are a Pokemon Go addict.
1. Write It Down.
I know, almost every single motivational speaker has asked you to do it. Most books that talk about the importance of goal setting will ask you to write it down. So get a pen and paper to start writing your goals (if you haven’t done it). Oh, and stay off the Pokemon while you’re at it.
Why do you need to put your goals in writing? Because a study has shown that people who wrote down their goals tend to achieve them more than those who do not. When you write, you commit it to your memory. It’s harder for you to slack off without feeling guilty.
2. Make It Visible
“What you see, you remember”. I didn’t know who is the first one uttering this quote, but I remember T Harv Eker is a big fan of these words in his courses. So place it right where you can see it easily. Or at strategic positions that can remind you of your goals when you have the urge to start the Pokemon hunting.
And be sure you follow up with actions that lead you to achieve those goals. Else, it would be just wasted ink on papers.
3. Set Your Pokemon Hunting Hours
At first, I don’t understand what’s the secret sauce of this game that has got people addicted to it. I mean, we couldn’t even trade the virtual monsters for money. After throwing Pokeballs and got quite a good catch on my first day, (and the more than occasional drive to Pokestops), I think it is the thrill of hunting taken to the virtual world that is causing all these addictions.
Even though it’s imaginary and the quest to capture some of the rare monsters that made it such a craze. Well, it’s the Law of Scarcity working at its best here. Balance is the key here. So set your Pokemon hours, maybe 1-2 hours per day to catch those monsters. Or probably a jog down the garden to hatch those Pokemon eggs. You should know best not to let it interfere with your goals.
4. Listen to Relaxing Music For Focus
I’m actually listening to this clip on Youtube while writing this post. It’s calm, soothing and made me focus on what I’m doing. It’s kind of filling the gap in your thoughts with the calm notes of the music.
It’s still secondary to meditation or mindfulness practice, but it will do to get the Pokemon out of my head for a while. Give it a try and let me know, will you?
5. Download Lumosity
You have games to distract you (Yes, It’s Pokemon Go). And you have games that help to sharpen your mind. Lumosity has over 50+ cognitive games designed by scientists and games designer. Lumosity is designed to help people of all ages challenged to the full extent of their abilities.
Well, for a brain training apps/game that pales in comparison to Pokemon in popularity, it has over 70 million registered users from 182 countries. Well, instead of catching monsters during lunch time, how about boosting our brain muscles for a change? Here’s the link to Lumosity website.
6. Have Short Breaks In Between
No, I’m not giving excuses to check out my little monsters now. Ask any athletes to workout for continuous hours without rests and what you’ll get? Fatigue, burnout or injury. The same thing is going to happen to our brain muscles. You get mental fatigue, low productivity and get distracted easily.
Taking a break restores your motivation, attention, productivity, and creativity. Here’s the list compiled by Jaymi Heimbuch on TreeHugger.com on scientific studies on the benefits of taking a break. It could be a 15 minutes break every one hour or a 30 minutes break after every two hours. In my opinion, I think the optimum break time differs from various individuals. It’s up to you to find out what’s best for you.
7. Practice Mindfulness
Life has been distractive enough before Pokemon Go made its entrance into smartphones. The human mind is like some of the Pokemon monsters, jumping all over the places when you are trying to capture it.
So there comes mindfulness practice. It could be in the form of meditation, where we train to observe the thoughts of our mind. We can even bring mindfulness practice into our daily life. When we are aware of what we are thinking or doing, it is easy to stop the temptation that will drive us away from doing what we are supposed to. Practice mindfulness. You will never regret it.
Are you one of the hundreds of millions playing Pokemon Go? Are you ever on the lookout for Snorlax, Pikachu or Bulbasaur? Has the addiction been distracting and disruptive to you? Or do you know someone who is so totally into this game that it has been disrupting their lives? Share your thoughts below.