The noise of life. It is all around us. It started when we woke up this morning and will not stop until we close our eyes and Mr. Sandman comes and pays a visit.
One of the many issues that arises with evolving and living in an advanced society is the noise that comes with it. I am not referring to the physical noise of the machinery. We want more information, and we want it faster. It has caused a new syndrome for people that get addicted to information. It’s called FOMO – Fear of Missing Out. It is the need to constantly checking every channel of communication that we have available. The advent of easy social media sites has made the problem even worse. We were not content with getting the details of every news story twenty four hours a day. We are now addicted to what our friends are saying all day and all night long. (I use the term “friend” loosely. Because of Dunbar’s Number, I believe that very few of the people we are connected to online are truly friends. They should be referred as acquaintances.) It doesn’t matter how you refer to them. We are addicted to what they say, how they eat, and how their day is going. Cyberstalking is a very open and very acceptable practice.
Eliminating the noise around you is one of the key components of you achieving amazing success. You and your brain don’t get much alone time together. But when you do, amazing things can happen. When you can apply yourself to a single task or a single thought for an extended, uninterrupted period of time, you can accomplish more in an hour that most people do in a week. But our lives are not geared towards having focused time. We have created an interrupt-driven society that prevents great people from doing great things. We can do better.
New Habit: Only check email twice a day.
Start ignoring your phone more
Start reserving large blocks of time to be productive
These will be hard. They go against the bad habits that you have become used to. If you are like most people, reaching for your phone is an unconscious habit that you do without even looking. Email is a program that is open all of the time. It is the way we have come to live. But we have to change it. Buck the norm and start living a focused life. Your brain will thank you, and you will be rewarded with skyrocketing productivity.
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