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Stolen Focus

Stolen Focus

by Johann Hari

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JOHANN HARI

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

JOHANN HARI

“In situations of low stress and safety, mind-wandering will be a gift, a pleasure, a creative force. In situations of high stress or danger, mind-wandering will be a torment.”

JOHANN HARI

“The sensation of being alive in the early twenty-first century consisted of the sense that our ability to pay attention—to focus—was cracking and breaking.”

The Attentional Pathogenic Culture

We now live in ‘an attentional pathogenic culture’ – an environment in which sustained and deep focus is extremely hard for all of us, and you have to swim upstream to achieve it. It is not your fault you cannot focus.

Attention spans are decreasing at the time we need them...

JOHANN HARI

"Empathy is one of the most complex forms of attention we have – and the most precious. Many of the most important advances in human history have been advances in empathy."

Improve Your Attention

  • Use pre-commitment to stop switching tasks so much.
  • Don't listen to negative self-talk - You’re lazy, you’re not good enough, what’s wrong with you?
  • Take extended times away from social media.
  • Embrace mind-wandering. Letting your mind wander is not a crumbli...

Three Ways Task Switching Degrades Your Focus

  • Switching cost - You lose focus switching between tasks
  • Screw-up effect. When you switch between tasks, errors that wouldn’t have happened otherwise start to creep in.
  • Creativity drain - In the long run, you are likely to be much less creative.

Pre-Commitment Is Successful

Resolving clearly to do something and making a pledge to stick to it helps you focus.

Importance Of Sleep

  • The less you sleep, the more your world blurs in every way – the ability to focus, ability to think deeply, ability to make connections
  • During sleep, your brain cleans itself of waste that has accumulated during the day
  • During sleep, your energy levels are restored and replen...

Social Media Negativity

  • On average, we will look at something negative and outrageous a lot more than something peaceful and calm
  • Every word of moral outrage increases the chances of retweets on Twitter and words that increased retweet rates are attack, bad, blame
  • Social media sites are designed to ...

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