The manifesto. 9 Ever-Present Distractions That Keep Us From Fully Living. Why can’t we read anymore? Spending time with friends, or family, I often feel a soul-deep throb coming from that perfectly engineered wafer of stainless steel and glass and rare earth metals in my pocket.
Touch me. Look at me. You might find something marvellous. Mental Toughness and the "Marathon Monks" In the northeastern hills outside Kyoto, Japan there is a mountain known as Mount Hiei.
That mountain is littered with unmarked graves. Those graves mark the final resting place of the Tendai Buddhist monks who have failed to complete a quest known as the Kaihogyo. What is this quest that kills so many of the monks? Young Delacroix on the Importance of Solitude in Creative Work and How to Resist Social Distractions. By Maria Popova “Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude.”
“One can never be alone enough to write,” Susan Sontag lamented in her journal.
Tristan Harris: How better tech could protect us from distraction. Design for Time Well Spent. An Addict’s Guide to Overcoming the Distraction Habit. By Leo Babauta Yesterday wasn’t a very focused day for me — I got work done, but I also researched a bunch of newish personal interests (mostly programming and cycling), played an iPhone trivia game with my kids, read a bunch of online articles, and did very little of the writing I’d planned.
Digital distractions have also pulled me from reading and meditation in the last week. Set up your iphone for mindfulness. Distraction List. The Cure for Your Distraction Syndrome. By Leo Babauta I absolutely adore the Internet, but there’s no doubt it has made us more distracted than ever.
I can see this in myself, and in watching everyone else around me: constant use of laptops, switching between browser tabs, checking things on iPhones, typing in a message here and there … we all do it. 10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do. By Leo Babauta Life would be grand if we only did what our fleeting hearts wanted to do, each moment of the day.
Unfortunately, the laundry, taxes and difficult conversations would never get done. The best books would never be written. All the achievements of humankind would be imagined, not realized. 7 Strategies for Facing Your Internet/TV Addiction. By Leo Babauta How do you beat something so addictive as the Internet, or TV — things most of us find ourselves increasingly immersed in, all day long?
I won’t get into the whys of curbing an addiction like this — I’m going to assume you already want to make a change. The change can be different things: perhaps you play too many video games, watch too much porn, watch TV on your laptop way too much, are on Youtube or Facebook or Reddit or Instagram or Twitter or news sites or blogs too much … What can you do?