As we approach maximum connectivity – where being disconnected is a rare, and startling occurrence – we live in a culture of distraction, habitually glued to our devices for morsels of information. Is this a bad thing? Only if it detracts in some way from you focusing ‘entirely’ in the moment, of what you’re doing, where you are or the world around you.Solution – The hard option – Break the habit, limit your distractions, don’t impatiently dismiss new ideas, apply strict focus to your tasks and goals, do or see things for yourself (not for the boasting or fleeting facade of popularity), read and write matters of substance as much as possible, learn new skills, gather around like-minded people and reflect often – your creativity and well-being requires this.
“We’re radically over-developing the parts of quick thinking, distractable brain and letting the long-form-thinking, creative, contemplative, solitude-seeking, thought-consolidating pieces of our brain atrophy by not using them. And, to me, that’s both sad and dangerous.”