So, I couldn’t help but chuckle at a friend’s post recently because I could totally relate! I am nearly paranoid about having my keys in my hand when I get out of the car! I picture myself in the same scene as my husband and being at wits end trying to get the door unlocked since I don’t know the “old fashioned way” to get it unlocked, should I not be able to get help.
My friend describes a time when, while on vacation, she rented a car, that in her words is “far smarter than she!” It was a smart car that does not require a key to start! You tap the brakes, push a button and go! She enjoyed the ride and then went shopping. Apparently this car was pretty sporty since she spotted two little guys taking selfies in front of it as she made her way to the parking lot. As she nears the car she begins to look for the “smart card” to unlock the doors. It didn’t require a key for unlocking either, but rather a card that needed to be scanned. To her horror after frantically searching for several minutes, she notices the card waiting patiently on the passenger seat to be retrieved! To add insult to injury, after feeling totally irresponsible for having left the "key card" on the seat, she finally realized she had not only left the “key” in complete view of passers by, she had completely forgotten to even lock the doors!
Aren’t we all guilty of being so distracted by life and numerous other things on our minds, we forget the obvious? Our minds seem to get on overload and we can’t process even the most simple tasks. I cringe at the amount of times I started on a specific project and before I knew it, I had gotten side tracked and completely forgotten what I was originally doing. Some will say it’s “old age” and we all forget stuff. That may be a contributing factor, but more than even this, our days are so packed by all the “to-do’s” of the day, it’s easy to lose focus!
There are those who would label this scenario ADHD, for adults! Technology overload is a contributor to our problems with being distracted as is lack of sleep and stress in our lives, and lack of exercise.1 It’s time we did ourselves a favor and take the time to breathe deep, walk away for a while from technological devices, get our required sleep and exercise. (Even if it’s just taking a walk)! Choose to find your ability to focus again by taking care of yourself, including allowing yourself to laugh when you do something totally ridiculous!