More on Distraction and Focus

April 26, 2012 by

How to Beat Distraction and Create



If the problem is that these separate processes of creating, consuming and communicating get in the way of each other, the solution is this -- we need to separate the processes. We need to create at different times than we consume and communicate.

I know, easier said than done -- how to separate these processes. Because in the end, when you separate them, you’ll free up your time and mind for creating, and create better than ever before. Separate your day -- a time for creating, and a time for consuming and communicating. This practice will require scheduling and planning. That's easy enough. Also make a mental note of when the best time of day is for you to do each of these. Some people are more creative in the early morning, some, like myself do it better in the evening. Know when your best time is and use that to your advantage.

You can split your day into many different combinations of the two, but don’t put them all together. Or if you do, just be aware that you’re hurting your creativity. That’s OK sometimes, as there isn’t always a need to be ultra-­productive, as long as you’re doing something you enjoy. But if your interest is in creating, separate your day.

Focus, Distraction and Happiness

Me Time

Me Time


There’s more to focus and distraction than just creating, though. Constant connectivity and distractions, and lack of focus can affect our peace of mind, our stress levels and our happiness. But it’s important to get away from these constant distractions.  We need some solitude. Some time to regroup, some time to just be. We are so used to doing that we forget to practice just being. It goes against the culture because just being doesn't seem productive. On the contrary it is very productive. It is regenerative.  Without it, our minds are constantly bombarded by information and sensations, unable to rest. That constantly stresses our minds in ways we’re not meant to handle. We need the rest. It’s important in ways we don’t think about. We need to de-­stress, and need to recharge our mental batteries a part of our daily lives, at least in some degree. What you do during this time — just be or even to read, write, run, nap, sit, watch, listen, even have  a quiet conversation, play, study, build — isn’t as important as the simple fact of having that time of disconnection.

We just need to note that these things are important.

Peace from distraction,


p.s. I'd like to know how you dis-engage from your daily life to recharge your batteries. Share in the comments below!

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