Why do we get distracted?

There is always a new distraction, even this post is a distraction from what you were originally planning to do. So we do we get distracted?

It can be due to a number of factors, from being bored of what you are currently working on (our brains can only focus for so long), to seeing something and that taking our attention away from what we were working on. Every ad is a distraction, the ad wants us to pay attention to it and not the contents of the site that we are on. But without ads many sites cannot be keep being online. Even music we are listening to could be a distraction, I know I stopped focusing on writing this post multiple times while listening to music. Even the latest movies could be considered a distraction. Every person (and company) wants to be just enough of a distraction that you stop doing what you are doing and focus on them.

So what are we going to do about it? Do our best to focus on one task at a time, and if we find ourselves getting distracted then we have to ask ourselves why we are getting distracted and do something about it. It could mean blocking ads while on certain websites, or it could mean blocking entire websites (like Twitter or Facebook). You may even want to consider getting into digital minimalism, there are books, articles, and videos to help guide you.

I’m publishing this as part of 100 Days To Offload.


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