Not only has it erased the boundaries that used to tell us where work ends and the other parts of life begin, but the distraction of technology has changed the way we think and focus. Not necessarily for the better.
According to author and “distraction” expert, Maggie Jackson, technology has become an “invisible appendage” for many of us.
She believes that our constant reactivity to the demands of technology is diffusing the quality of our thoughts and undermining the integrity of everyday moments.
We have to “handle our minds before we handle our devices” so that we can enjoy the many benefits of technology while maintaining the focus, awareness and executive attention that are critical to creativity and quality life experience.
In this video interview (below), Maggie Jackson expands upon the “managing tech distraction” get-started advice she offered as one of the inspiration experts featured in my new book, TWEAK IT, and on the TWEAK IT Together community site.
At the beginning of our talk, Jackson shares why it’s important to manage distraction, why we often get stuck, and offers small “tweaks” to get started building more focus time into your busy, every day work+life fit.
But at about minute 7:25, Jackson goes into more fascinating detail about the different forms of attention–Focus, Awareness, and Executive Attention.
She explains how she tailors the simple steps she takes to maintain attention in her own work+life fit based upon the type of attention she is trying to achieve. For example, the “tweaks” for focus are different than for awareness.
Then we end our discussion with Jackson talking about her new project. She is writing a book about the reflective mind, or how, once you’re able to minimize distraction, what do you do with that time of reflection?
What small meaningful steps do you take day-to-day to manage the distraction of technology and build in time for attention, focus and reflection?