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8 Struggles Only Easily Distracted People Would Understand

8 Struggles Only Easily Distracted People Would Understand

According to a recent article, people who get distracted easily are in fact creative geniuses. Unfortunately, being an easily distracted person isn’t exactly a bed of roses. They are faced with many challenges as a result of their inability to focus on one thing. Below are a list of struggles only people who are frequently distracted can relate to.

1. They need to read a sentence five times to get through it

This is the major struggle anyone who gets distracted can relate to. They find themselves being unable to make it to the end of the sentence without being distracted, which then forces them to start from the beginning again. Then they have to read it one more time to make sure what they read was accurate.

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2. They cannot study and listen to music at the same time

This is by far the most frustrating struggle. People who get distracted easily cannot listen to music while studying. They find themselves envying everyone who can master this art. They get engrossed in the music and shift their focus from their books – which is never a good thing.

3. They have several unfinished projects laying around the house

People who are easily distracted are taunted by the numerous unfinished projects lying around the house. They are constantly finding half-painted canvases and half-knitted scarves lying around everywhere. It’s a constant annoying reminder of how they cannot focus on one thing. They try to continue their projects but eventually get distracted again creating a vicious cycle.

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4. Their internet browser tends to be filled with more than three tabs

When they are working on something, they start with one tab and try to maintain focus but as time passes by they find themselves juggling fifteen different tabs. They are juggling scrolling through Pinterest, checking Twitter, working on their project, and Googling what hyenas eat for breakfast. This really slows them down when they are trying their hardest to be productive.

5. They have several unanswered texts

They attempt to answer a text as it gets in; however, something will pop up that will grab their attention, which leads them into thinking they have replied when they really haven’t. People who are easily distracted therefore have a phone filled with unanswered texts and a group of very angry friends.

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6. They get distracted by everything at grocery stores

Going to grocery stores is their worst nightmare. They walk in to the store knowing exactly what they want until a really good song starts playing, stealing away their limited attention. They are then left not remembering what they came to the store for in the first place. Or they get distracted by sale items and end up leaving the store with a bunch of things they didn’t need in the first place.

7. They can’t get through a story without starting another one in-between

Their friends and family will testify to this, they are unable to tell a story without starting one in the middle. They are unable to tell one story at a time without getting distracted, which is really frustrated not just for them but also for their friends and family as well. They find themselves juggling two or three stories at a time while struggling to remember the details for all of them.

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8. They can’t watch movies with subtitles

Movies with subtitles aren’t really their cup of tea. They find themselves getting so distracted by the subtitles, they lose focus from the movie and have no idea what’s going on by the end of the movie. People who get easily distracted prefer to watch movies in languages they understand.

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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