“Even when we think we’re seeking pleasure, we’re actually driven by the desire to free ourselves from the pain of wanting.”
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The root cause of all of our behaviors is the desire to relieve discomfort. Distraction is an unhealthy escape from reality. If we want to master distraction, we must learn to deal with discomfort.
Require two things of anyone who calls one.
Four psychological factors make satisfaction temporary:
The following four steps help handle intrusive thoughts:
Step #1 — Expand your internal triggers.
Step #2 — Make more time for traction.
Step #3 — Eliminate external triggers.
Step #4 — Pacts to prevent distractions.
“WRITE DOWN THE TRIGGER”
The most effective way to make time for traction is through timeboxing: Deciding what you’re going to do, and when you’re going to do it.
“Distraction, it turns out, isn’t about the distraction itself; rather, it’s about how we respond to it.”
― Nir Eyal, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Cues in our environment like rings from devices and interruptions from other people frequently take us off track. That’s why we should defend our focus.
In the future, there will be two kinds of people in the world: those who let their attention and lives be controlled and coerced by others and those who proudly call themselves “indistractable.”
“Timeboxing enables us to think of each week as a mini-experiment. The goal is to figure out where your schedule didn’t work out in the prior week so you can make it easier to follow the next time around.”
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