Espedilla: How to get away from distraction (part 3)

(Foreword: This is the continuation of our reply to Sweetie Amie on her desire to keep away from distractions from the social media.)

DEAR Sweetie Amie,

Now, let’s get back to business. We are now on the final stretch on this. Last time, I told you to give more attention to whatever you are doing. Give it a 101 percent attention, if you may. However, you can set aside about 1 to 2 percent of it to give you more out of your life.

I remember when I did my dissertation for my PhD in Human Sexuality in San Francisco. From 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., I would spend my time doing paper works. Then, I only allowed some pee breaks in between. My only big break is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. which I set aside for lunch, reading e-mails and having some fun. Then, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., I get back to work, do a little stretching. After that, I worked again and have my dinner at 7 p.m.

After a little break of around 15 to 30 minutes, I get back to work until about midnight or until 1 a.m. That was my routine for about two months. I only saw the sun after those two long months. I may not have the life I really wanted during those times but I never did deprive myself of some enjoyment and fun, even if the pressures were getting tougher and tighter. All I thought was, I had to do it now, finish this and celebrate later.

4. Don't ever forget to take those small breaks.

That’s what I meant when I said giving about 1 to 2 percent off from what you are doing. Remember, all work and no play makes Juan a dull boy.

As a matter of fact, if you give yourself some short breaks from staring at your computer or from reading your books, these can do a lot of wonders. So, you can give about five minutes of your time to log in to your Facebook account or you can play your games or check your emails at this time. But always make sure to not spend your time on entertainment more than what you originally scheduled since it is only you who will suffer the consequence.

I tell you, having a break can refresh your mind and it will help you become more productive at work. Look at your computers; they need to be refreshed, too. Do this to help you ease your burden against anxiety and boredom. I hope these bring a little smile on your face.

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” She is also a faculty in a College of Pharmacy. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)