on distraction

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One of the more embarrassing and self-indulgent challenges of our time is the task of relearning how to concentrate. The past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. To sit still and think, without succumbing to an anxious reach for a machine, has become almost impossible.

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I agree! Any solutions though?

If you click through to his original post, you'll see that de Botton suggests electronic fasting. Time unplugged. And I do think that can help.

My choice is to make things as a way to slow down, to fix my attention. Time spent drawing, cooking, knitting, singing, writing, tinkering... even programming lets me clear my mind of distractions and be present with what I am doing at that moment.

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