Time after time, we waste precious time – by not being focused


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  • Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020

BEING distracted seems to be a common thing nowadays.Let me give you an example. I was driving home the other day. I was at the traffic light and this car did not move although the lights turned green.

In the beginning, I was calm and was wondering why the driver is taking so long, and the car behind me started to honk.

I don’t like to honk but the drivers behind me were growing impatient. I waited quietly but decided to flash the lights but nothing happened.

The other drivers were going crazy and to be honest, I was too at that time. Eventually, I realised the person was extremely focused on his handphone.



The driver, finally realising the commotion behind, moved but it was too late for us as the light turned red. What a waste of time!

I think, in today’s fast-changing world, we are caught up with too many distractions.

It’s time for us to relearn how to live in the present and be focused.

One of the lessons that I’ve learnt in my competitive years is to be focused to achieve results.

I do admit that it requires much for one to be fully concentrated during a task to see a positive outcome.

During the squash tour, I worked hard in training and learned to be in the moment. I was alert when I listened to the instructions from my coach.

I knew my intent when I was on court and fought for every shot.

By doing so, I did not have to repeat some of the exercises too much or spend hours reviewing mistakes.

Playing the sport gave me this awareness to understand the importance of being present and I’m grateful that it had helped me in my life.

I learnt not to waste time.

Have you ever sat down to think of how much time you waste in a day?

When I manage my tasks and daily interactions, I learn to value my time and respect others for doing the same.

Even during my holidays, I make the effort to enjoy the moment.

I’ll savour every bite of my meal – although you know how athletes are when they are hungry – they just gobble up everything so fast!

Distractions can put us off track – and wanting to deal with it is already a first huge step.

Fortunately for me, I had the opportunity to work with a sports psychologist during my younger days to help minimise distractions around me.

Distractions will always be there but we can find ways to resist it.

So, I challenge you to stay focused – doing one task at a time.

It’s possible. It’s in our hands.

Believe me, when you work at it, you’ll be amazed at just how much time you really have in one day – you can even go back home on time from work, spend more time with your loved ones – and even get to watch movies!

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