A part of becoming an adult means making choices that will drastically change your future. You might choose a new career path or decide on what graduate school to attend. With big decisions come major changes and that could even mean changing your habits and the people you associate with. It is hard, but sometimes you’ll have to step away and isolate yourself in order to truly elevate and achieve your goals.
You’ll have to put your friends on hold. It’s hard to accept that sometimes our closest friends are our biggest distractions. It’s fine to take a step back from hanging out with your friends to study, save money or work on a personal project. You might even have friends that don’t have the same goals and motivations as you, which will make it even harder to distance yourself. But if your friends truly have your back then they will understand. The only person on your path is you.
You have to put your phone on Do Not Disturb. A study by global tech protection found that the average person struggles to be away from their phone for more than 10 minutes. That really isn’t a lot of time to get your work done. If you put your phone in DND, you won’t get any notifications including text or phone calls unless you create specific settings. Of course, you don’t have to keep these settings forever, but it is a good tool when you need to buckle down and get work done.
No Social Media
If you thought that meant you could still get on Facebook from your laptop, you thought wrong. Social media can be a great way to network and share ideas. However, it can also cause negative self-image. Studies have shown that social media is actually detrimental to one’s mental health when used too often. It’s easy to get caught up in what someone else is doing instead of focusing on your own goals. Every time you think about getting on social media, create a vision board or organize your schedule for the week.
Isolation has a negative connotation, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Isolating yourself from friends and family isn’t easy, especially when you have close daily relationships. In order to be successful, you will have to sacrifice some of your time. To be honest, it will be lonely, but it will definitely be worth it in the end.