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Distraction

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...

Here's Why You Ignore Everyone When You're Texting

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.12.2015 | Science

Have you ever been ignored when trying to talk to someone playing a video game? Or missed your train stop because you didn't hear the announcer when ...

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.

Endlessly Distracted? Blame Your Own Creative Genius

Fast Company | Shaunacy Ferro | Posted 03.09.2015 | World

Endlessly distracted by the sounds of your open office? Blame your own creative genius. A new study from Northwestern University psychologists finds t...

Hold the Phone! You Might Miss a Whale, or Even a Whale of a Bright Idea Like the Laser

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 04.15.2015 | Science
Ben Hellwarth

What if Dr. Townes, instead of taking that timeout, had sent a text or played Angry Birds? Might we be in the dark about the laser? As research and Townes' example suggest, the unpredictable sparks of our own mental machinations should be something we don't want to miss any more than the majestic sight of a passing whale.

Daily Meditation: Managing Distraction

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

One No Fail Writer's Routine

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I get off the floor and sit back at my desk. If no ideas are immediately forthcoming, I go upstairs to use my neti pot to unblock my sinus passages so oxygen can move freely to my brain; I blow my nose and return to my desk.

Surviving the Distraction Epidemic

Ellen G. Goldman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Ellen G. Goldman

Make a decision that your health and well-being are your single most important asset, and begin living your life to protect it. Take a personal stand that this is not the way you want to live, and this is not the behavior you want to role model for your children. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Are We Too Busy to Be Spiritual?

Michelle Carr | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Michelle Carr

I swear, when someone tells me I need to find "balance" in my life, it feels like a curse word. I mean really, who has time to meditate for 20 minutes twice a day? Sure, it's great that Deepok Chopra is able to get up at 5:00 in the morning to sit in silence, but let's be honest; most of us aren't going to do it.