Why digital detox isn't the solution
  • Digital detox works as short-term momentary solutions....smartphones & video games are trending culprits because even 2000 years ago Socrates complained of "forgetfulness in the learners' souls" caused by written words!
  • Solution - identifying & managing the psychological distractions leading us off track.
  • Most distractions begin from internal triggers like boredom, loneliness, fatigue, & uncertainty - things you're trying to avoid.
  • Learn how to control the way you react to these feelings.

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How to be indistractable | Psyche Guides

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#1. Keep asking what & why
  • What's causing distraction? Figure it out - are you worried, afraid, bored.
  • Big powerful internal triggers can have easy fixes...anxiety can lead to research-rabbit-hole on the internet.  
  • After identifying the triggers, reframe the task you need to do...how would someone who likes doing that task explain it? For example, "forced to do taxes" or "get to review last year's business successes?"

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#2. Create focus-friendly environment
  • We are less likely to get distracted if we enjoy doing something. Get clear on your priorities and organize time around the things you 'say' you want to focus on - family, friends, work, hobbies.
  • Find fun in whatever you're doing. Perceived difficulty is often a matter of perspective. You can choose to re-imagine almost any discomfort as a blessing.
  • If something you enjoy doing is distracts you from important tasks, block off chunks of time for them in your day.... schedule your diversions.

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#3. Cut back & Plan ahead
  • Delete, minimize, schedule all those things that stop you from giving yourself the maximum time and room for focused work.
  • For example, disable non-urgent notifications, remove redundant apps, use real-time chat options sparingly, schedule time for replying to e-mails.
  • Precommitment helps you defeat distraction & dependence on willpower in that moment...but it works only when we have worked on our internal triggers first.
  • Precommitting means we make a choice in advance and pledge to stick to it. For example, once you buy a plane ticket for a friend’s wedding, it’s rare to back out.

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