Like most of the people I know, across geographies, distraction has reached alarming proportions. I have multiple tabs open when I work. Multiple notifications, phone, at least 4 different VOIP apps any of which can ring at any time breaking me off from whatever I am doing. The distracted mind also does its tricks. Things I need to do pop up at times when I am focused on something else. The urge to finish those breaks the momentum. The ability to read anything beyond 500 words is interrupted. Pop ups, download and update notifications from numerous softwares and browser extensions – all essential for work, keep jerking the mind around.
I found this article by Brendan Leonard in Outsideonline (via Pocket) beautifully capturing the need to seek silence. The habits of the new hyper communicative era we live in will need moderation which as the human race we will learn to first cope with and then master. For me It started with the Handycam’s that came out early 90’s when I spent great amounts of time filming everything and missing out on enjoying the moments.
The ability to seek silence will become a key habit that we need to nurture to cope. I will proactively enforce changes. You can read Brendan’s article.
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