Do you not have enough time in the day to make significant progress in your preparations?
You’re Not Alone
If you do suffer from preparedness distractions, don’t worry, you have the same frustration that many other preppers have. I too have those very same frustrations.
If you’re like me, you’re trying to stuff 100-pounds of preps into a 10-pound prepping sack. Unfortunately, most of us lead busy lives.
Our day jobs, family, and trying to have a life all assault the time we have for our preparedness efforts.
Why is that? It’s because preparation takes time, dedication and doesn’t happen overnight.
So, the answer to increased time to improve our preparedness is reducing our distractions.
Necessary Preparedness Distractions
Obviously, some of those preparedness distractions are needed. Work, family, etc., are all essential preparedness distractions.
Perhaps they shouldn’t be called distractions, but in a sense, they are.
They are because they reduce the amount of time you have to focus on preparedness.
Unnecessary Preparedness Distractions
Alright, so we know what necessary distractions are. But, what are unnecessary distractions?
Unnecessary distractions are those things that occupy your time but do not help you realize your goals.
Let me be clear; unnecessary preparedness distractions don’t just impact your preparation.
They impact everything that needs to be done and impede your ability to achieve all of your personal goals.
#1 Unnecessary Preparedness Distraction – Television
The number one unnecessary preparedness distraction is the tv! More specifically, the twenty-four hours per day news cycle.
As preppers, most of us are very passionate about things. Because of that passion, we (I know I can) get sucked into the television.
I know, how do you get around it?
Obviously, we all enjoy disconnecting and getting lost in a show from time to time.
However, if you’re like me and television was your form of crack, the answer is simple. Cut it out entirely and go cold turkey on tv.
Is it easy? No, not at first.
After a while though, you’ll realize that you don’t miss it much and the extra time you have is incredible.
The amount of progress you can make on a daily basis is unbelievable once you break the addiction.
One way to crush the habit is to downgrade to just having the internet. With only internet, you’ll still be able to download a show to help get your fix.
Without news and other addictive programs though, you'll find you have a ton more time each day. That time can be spent prepping, reading, learning new skills, etc.
Life without television is excellent!
#2 Unnecessary Preparedness Distraction – Politics
The second most unnecessary preparedness distraction is politics.
As preppers, right, left, or in the middle, we tend to be very passionate about politics.
That passion leads us to watch gobs of news, reading endless news sources, and getting into long debates online.
Focusing on politics for hours each day may be overkill and may be a waste of your time. That is not saying you don’t need to be informed.
What it is saying is that you need to limit that amount of time you spend getting fired up by commentators.
The press does not push out the news anymore. It pushes out reporter sound bites and editorial opinions.
Therefore, if you follow any of the mainstream news sources, you are basing your opinions on other people’s views. What sense does that make?
Also, in the end, should you find yourself in a disaster, or major event, do the politics of the situation matter?
For example, assume that you’re in a hurricane, the dam has broken, and you’re floating down the river. Does the politics of why it all happened matter? Or, is saving your life all that matters?
If you want the news, find a few websites that provide truthful articles and go from there.
Then, go to those sites, read fact-based articles and draw your conclusions and opinions.
#3 Unnecessary Preparedness Distraction – Conspiracy Theories
The third most significant preparedness distraction is conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy theories can be some of the most significant time sucks within the prepping community.
Seriously, first off, usually no one knows if they are right. After all, it’s not hard to get people to buy into a conspiracy when there is no evidence one way, or the other. Without evidence to disapprove a theory, some believe it must be true.
Heck, some people still believe the earth is flat. Even when presented evidence to the otherwise, they state that the evidence is all part of the conspiracy.
Ultimately, all the time spent researching the conspiracy, listening to others talk about it, etc. does not matter. In short, the plot itself does not matter.
“Brian, what, are you crazy!? Of course, the conspiracy matters!”
Why? Why does the conspiracy matter?
Even if the conspiracy is real, is there anything you can do about it? Would you prepare any differently?
For example, I couldn’t care less if the earth was being taken over by the Illuminati.
Why not? Because what can I do about it? When preparing, I plan for the worst and in doing so, know I’m ready for almost everything.
The reason why an event happens, or who is pulling strings doesn’t matter.
Plan for the worst, and you’ll be ready regardless of the Illuminati, Captain K, etc.
In the end, time management and your preparedness are up to you.
If you spend more time prepping, you’ll be farther ahead than if you spend the time glued to the T.V., sucked into the news, or inundated with conspiracy theories.
The choice is yours.
Never forget, you’re just one prep away.
If you have any other thoughts or questions about the three greatest preparedness distractions, please leave a comment below.
Stay safe, secure and prepared,
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Brian D. Hawkins brought up a good point in the Mind4Survival Facebook Group. He mentioned how so many lives are distracted by smartphones and social media. It is an excellent point for us all to consider when we find ourselves lost in the Internet, or buried up to our neck in our smartphones.