Throwback to the time when we were told off at school for day dreaming during class hours. Throwback to the time when we were ticked off for getting distracted. A big throwback to the time when we were punished for not being attentive.
Time to put these unrecognised skills to good use. Time to put the day dreaming skills to make your day more productive.
Lemme tell you how.
Be selectively receptive. Choose what you want to listen to. And zone out when you’re not interested. Zone out to where your brain takes you. Zone out to whatever attracts your attention. Zone out to what you’ve been thinking about, or would want to think about. Just zone out. But try avoiding the dreamy/serious look on your face when you are zoning out. It’s a little hard but can be mastered with practice.
This way, you’d still be in the group, physically (as much as you’d love to not be) but mentally, you’d be in your own space, in your own choice of place. And, subconsciously you’d still be part of the conversation, that if you suddenly happen to hear a word that attracts your attention, or your name thrown somewhere in the conversation, you can always say “Hey, what was that? Come again?” Or something like that. Cool, right?
Of course, you can’t be selectively receptive when you’re at work meetings or something important, but otherwise, this is one solid technique that always works for me, and helps me manage situations I don’t want to be part of. It helps me stay away from negativity, unwanted gossip, controversies and conversations I wouldn’t like to be part of, extremely easily.
Choose what you’d like to respond to. Choose what you’d like to be part of. Choose what you’d like to be receptive to.
Choose, so you can have your cake and eat it too!