Monday, September 21, 2015

Short attention span

Competition for our attention often leaves us with information overload.
How do we solve the problem?         

There are things that deserve more thought than others, we know.  Our environment can pile on distractions, however, from short story sequences on the news to interruptions on top of interruptions at school or the office.

Have you noticed?

Advertisers don't do long commercials any more.  Now you get five or ten commercials in what used to be a short break with just one.

If you're still reading this and haven't wandered off, you're unusually focused.

Does such a torrent of distraction and information derail our lives?  Of course it does.  Much like interrupting a language course interferes with our desired mastery, our cultural norm of continual subject change interrupts the productivity of a dedicated life. Chances are, years may pass with little progress where it's needed.  (This is an actual simulation of the modern distraction model.)

Change the outcome.  Know your goals, invest significantly and practically in the values you've chosen.  Deliberately get up and do instead of sitting and talking.  And forgetting.
  Schedule it and follow through.

We have to fight a bit to get above the distraction, don't we.

(He said, preaching yet again to himself)