At Luumin we think a lot about what helps people get more done in their lives. And what we frequently come back to is that attention to the task at hand and mindfulness about your time, energy and what you are working on are paramount.
This is a great talk from Joe Kraus and I encourage you to watch it when you have a spare 15.5 minutes:
The basic premise of it is:
- In a world where we have such a volume of stimulus, because of the internet and devices we use, we are constantly feed information.
- We check for incoming information, partly because we are hard-wired to do so (cavemen paid attention to every tree rustle, incase something was coming to eat them) and partly because of the power of random reinforcement (sometimes when we check our emails, text messages, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. there is something cool there, so we learn to check repeatedly, just incase).
- Because of this checking-flow we have created a craving in our brains to be stimulated all the time. Meaning we have shorter attention spans and are constantly interrupted or distracting ourselves.
- While the incredible flow of information has done some great things it has also made it hard for us to get in the flow, to stay focused or to work on a problem that takes some time. Short attention spans mean we tend to give up faster.
This talk really hammers home the dangers of letting our long-form creative thinking atrophy. That we are losing a lot by not ever being lost in our work, our thinking or a moment.
Joe suggests that just like training your muscles you need to re-train your brain from its constant need for stimulus through creating conscious gaps in your life. With no stimulation, no devices, no input. And that over time this kind of balance should be an inherent part of how we develop technology.
We have written before about the power of focus, and how hard it can be to maintain for more ideas on staying on track check them out here…