You might have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent on social media lately. Not posting much on Facebook or Instagram, not commenting much. Truthfully, it’s largely a matter of my natural introversion running rampant after a year of social distancing. But it’s also partly a matter of trying to minimize the digital distractions that I let into my life, with the goal of building greater focus and productivity.
If you suspect that digital distractions are standing in your way too, you might like Manoush Zomorodi’s book, Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self.
I’m only halfway through it myself, but I can say this: it’s a fun read. Combining compelling anecdotes with the latest neuroscience research, it lays out the problems caused by being connected all the time... and then it lays out a series of challenges that can help you rethink your relationship with your digital devices. My favorite quote: “Distraction is a choice.”
’Nuff said. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to put some boundaries around my YouTube-surfing habits...