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Distraction

Why Is It So Hard To Live In The Moment?

Shayne Looper | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

My wife and I are just back from a week on a large lake in Quebec. We left our car in a gravel lot that was slowly surrendering its borders to the enc...

The Reasons Why I Need to Hug My Dogs

Domenick Scudera | Posted 05.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Everywhere (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, respectable news sites, gossipy web pages, you name it), there have been headlines about how hugging your dog is harmful and wrong! wrong! wrong!

Smokescreens

Jack Vawdrey | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Jack Vawdrey

In the first book of the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Lehi narrates an allegorical vision that has become a hallmark of Mormon religious discourse. In this dream he saw "the tree of life," whose fruit brought joy and peace to anyone who partook of it.

National Poetry Month: Distraction

Max Ritvo | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts
Max Ritvo

I think being distracted can be good for a poem. When I compose a poem, I usually try to lock myself in a room alone, preferably with no one else in t...

Monk Mode: How and Why I Gave Up the State of Distractedness for Lent

Tara-Nicholle Nelson | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Tara-Nicholle Nelson

Ultimately, I decided to give up the state of distractedness from my mission-critical creation projects for Lent. Here are the exact steps I took:

The Dangers of Distracted Writing

Geri Spieler | Posted 02.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Geri Spieler

When we categorize everything on the same level, it's difficult to prioritize what should be done now and later. As the deadline looms, my quality of writing is in danger of declining all because I just had to check my email.

6 Ways to Increase Focus and Celebrate Single Tasking

Susie Wolbe | Posted 02.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

Whether you decided to focus on one job at a time on Single Tasking Day or not, make it a goal to decrease distractions and improve focus and attention. Enjoy accomplishing more, doing a better job on each undertaking, and spending less time on every assignment.

7 Surprising Hacks to Build Your Willpower

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Gleb Tsipursky

Recent research shows that strengthening willpower is the real secret to the kind of self-control that can help you resist temptations and achieve your goals. The great news is that scientists say strengthening your willpower is not as hard as you might think.

Who's In Charge, Computers or Humans?

Nancy Colier | Posted 12.14.2015 | Technology
Nancy Colier

Something remarkable happened yesterday, not remarkable good but remarkable crazy. I was riding in one of the new group taxis that have taken over Ne...

The Holiday's Greatest Gift Is Priceless (But Has No Cost)

Andrea Driessen | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Driessen

May we all give and receive abundant presence this holiday season.

Is Distraction Stealing Your Life? 8 Ways to Stop This Thief!

Trilby D. Johnson | Posted 12.07.2015 | Women
Trilby D. Johnson

With the Christmas and New Year period rapidly approaching, I was reminded of a conversation I had had with a friend earlier in January. We had been discussing how the busyness over the Christmas and New Year period can distract us from our true resolutions. And as women this distractional pull is huge as you juggle so much, not only for yourself, but others around you too.

Take Homework Offline

Carl Marziali | Posted 12.01.2015 | Education
Carl Marziali

Schools are sending kids to the most distracting medium ever invented. Parents have no way to know if their children are working or playing in one of a dozen windows. An assignment that should take one hour may stretch to two or three.

How to Excavate Creativity Gold

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I've got good news and bad news. It's about creativity. Well, mine anyway. After many years of alternately experiencing both droughts and monsoons of creative vision, I have miraculously discovered from where to harvest my most creative self.

Angst By Social Media: Mastering the Ergonomics of the Mind

Sanjna Verma | Posted 11.03.2015 | College
Sanjna Verma

During midterms week, it was almost relieving to have my phone die so I could delay my responses and duties by a couple hours and have that time to focus on studying. But I realized that having good studying habits were void if I didn't have good social media habits!

Top 10 Ways to Beat Distractions and Be More Productive

Benjamin Hardy | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
Benjamin Hardy

The mind can get stuck circling the same cognitive pathways over and over. When working on a single problem continuously, you can become fixated on previous solutions. Yet, when you step away from the activity, your mind releases from the fixation and the old pathways fade from your memory.

10 Ways to Swirl Your Brain

Dr. Ipshita Basu Guha | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ipshita Basu Guha

An Idle Mind Is the Devil's Workshop. This proverb is from the "Handbook of Proverbs" by the famous British Publisher Henry George Bohn. I have expe...

Why You Need To Go Offline For A Week

Richard Eaton | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel
Richard Eaton

I find that I'm much more relaxed, more in the moment (rather than being distracted by my phone), more creative with ideas, and get clarity on various things that have been buzzing around my head previously.

A New Theory Of Distraction

The New Yorker | Joshua Rothman | Posted 06.18.2015 | World

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction,” the poet Eliza...

Modern-Day Mindlessness

Susan Pearse | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Pearse

It's easy to blame the "busy-ness" of your life for your state of mindlessness. There is no doubt that the barrage of information, the pressure to multitask, and the number of worries we seem to have in the modern world, all make it so much easier to slip into mindlessness.

Would You Rather Be Right or Be Real? Letting Go of Our Obsession With Rightness

Nancy Colier | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Refrain from feeding your mind's case for your rightness and others' wrongness; turn away from the thoughts that habitually defend and explain your version of truth. Instead of diving into your mind's narrative and returning to engage in your defense, use your awareness as an invitation to inquire into your experience.

On Divorce And The Awesomeness Of Loneliness

Lori Lustberg | Posted 06.15.2015 | Divorce
Lori Lustberg

I am lonely. Often. By choice. That's right. I said by choice. Sometimes it's almost too painful to tolerate. I do more than tolerate it, however: I nurture it; I welcome it. I used to run away from my loneliness, as if it was a demon trying to attack me.

Have You Lost Your Child to a Smartphone?

Nancy Colier | Posted 06.07.2015 | Parents
Nancy Colier

I write a lot about personal technology and invariably, every time I do, I receive a similar comment in return. The comment, boiled down, is this: Technology is here to stay; get over it or learn to live with it.

4 Ways to Ease the Guilt and Pressure When You're Crazy Busy

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Traditional time management techniques might help in the short term, but ultimately only serve to put a Band-Aid on a much deeper problem. Rather than focus on perfection, why not focus on what brings you joy and meaning? Choose one strategy that will help you move forward in a less crazy busy direction and embrace the perfectly imperfect journey.

The Thieves In Your Office

Darren Hardy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Darren Hardy

Distractions not only cause massive losses in productivity, but they also increase stress and decrease motivation. Here are five thieves in your office to watch out for and how to stop them.

Befriend Your Inner Critic

Ritu Riyat | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Ritu Riyat

When I finally took a minute to slow down, stop doing, and start observing, I saw that I wasn't in control of my life. The reigns had been taken over by my inner critic, the little voice inside that never seems to shut up and only gets louder when you ignore it.