Our hidden friend; Distraction
We live in an era of distraction.
Teachers, researchers, and productivity experts love to remind us of our inability to stay focused.
Technology seems to be “eroding human memory,” “creating irreparable damage to brain functioning,” or “diminishing our ability to do deep work.”
Either you are focused, or you are wasting your time, they tell you.
Most reports portray distraction as a devastating epidemic. However, experts worrying about our diminishing attention span is nothing new.
So did our ancestors when books, radio, or TV disrupted their respective eras.
What if we stop seeing distraction as the enemy?
Benefits of Distraction
Distraction can increase performance and endurance — listening to music during exercise gives your workout a boost and makes physical activity less painful.
Distraction is an effective mechanism for reducing pain, Also, distraction from depression can be a healthy coping skill — it provides a break for those who suffer from rumination.
Distractions are neither negative nor positive — there’s a variety of factors that can hurt (or not) your productivity.
Distraction is not the problem — the reason why we become distracted can harm or help you.
When we can’t find the path towards focus and mindfulness, most people use distraction as an exit door. We cross it to escape from what we don’t want to face.
Distraction becomes an easy way out from not dealing with reality.