Focus and Distraction. The two fighting mental states.

Being more focused means being able to pay attention to your plan and control the everyday distractions that life puts in your path

Being focused means that you have clear goals and objectives and your work is dedicated to achieving those goals and objectives.

The focused person always strives to do the difficult thing first from their list of priorities. As a result, they are highly productive. They do not postpone decision or action. They hardly procrastinate, what needs to be done today, they do not postpone it until tomorrow.

we tend to use distraction and mind-wandering somewhat interchangeably, or at least recognize that there’s some overlap between them. Some examples of distraction definitely involve mind-wandering: staring out the window rather than paying attention to the teacher, for example, is an example we’re all familiar with.

Distraction is related with Aimlessness which is a product of cognitive overload, of having too many different things competing for your attention and weighing on your mind. This is the state that Nicholas Carr complains about in The Shallows.

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