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    psyche.coNir Eyal9/2/2022 min
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    • Alexa7 months ago

      This one is interesting, i'm kind of exhausted just by the premise. This method takes SO much self-awareness and effort.

      Having ditched the smartphone for now I'm delighted by the friction it adds to not be able to google or scroll on my phone. It's a really good trigger for me to stop and question why I want to distract myself. And maybe thats the kicker...some people are aware enough to self-reflect every time they get itchy, Me? nope. I need a bit more friction to remind me to wake tf up, otherwise i just fall into a trap and get stuck feeling guilty after.

      What I do like is between this, and the article on The Twitter Machine, there's a way for all sorts of people to come to terms with how their life intertwines with technology

    • Pegeen
      7 months ago

      One of the best articles on distraction, it’s causes and how to remedy it. The only problem I see with this is how can this be applicable to children? It seems like you need a certain level of maturity to get to “root causes” of one’s distractions. And honestly, it seems like almost everyone I know has a child or children diagnosed with ADD. Can these skills be broken down and made so that a child could learn them? I’d be curious to hear from parents of young children and their insights into how distracted they feel their children are. Parental control, from my own personal experience, is mostly early on. When my kids reached junior high, I really struggled. And that was 20 years ago!

    • jeff
      Top reader of all timeReading streakScout
      7 months ago

      I'm totally on board with the author's emphasis on the importance of looking inward first and foremost. Identifying and managing the internal triggers is key.

      I don't consider myself to be too easily distracted but I'll notice the impulse sometimes when programming. Really hard problems can of course be tough to get started on but a lot of times the novelty will provide the motivation. For me the worst is the medium difficulty ones. They're not terribly interesting but also not so easy that I can just write it out in one shot so I have to psyche myself up to type out a suboptimal solution that I know I'm just going to have to refactor 15 minutes later. It's about as fun as doing taxes but I've found that the timeboxing technique suggested by the author can definitely help break through it.

    • Ruchita_Ganurkar
      8 months ago

      Have you ever felt distracted? Yes, the author thought the same & when anyone faces a problem then often try to tackle it with the proper solution.

      It was my bad that I found this article at the EOD, but still will help me at least for a month I guess!!

      Happened with many of you & with me too-

      When two people are talking, the mere presence of a smartphone resting on a table is enough to change the character of their conversation.

      Some of you might have tried it-

      Distraction is your brain ducking challenging feelings such as boredom, loneliness, insecurity, fatigue and uncertainty. These are the internal triggers – the root causes – that prompt you to find the comfort of distraction and open a browser tab, Twitter, or email, instead of focusing on the matter at hand. Once you identify these internal triggers, you can decide to respond in a more advantageous manner. You won’t always be able to control how you feel – but you can learn to control how you react to the way you feel. A trigger that once sent you to Twitter can perhaps lead instead to 10 deep breaths.

      Best part-

      Your brain, however, will thank you for giving it one less distraction from whatever you’re focused on