Quantified Distractions

Distractions comes in all shapes and sizes. Distractions can be quantified in all sorts of ways, some anecdotal — like the loss of productivity one can easily imagine following the wardrobe malfunction— and some scientific. For example, the distraction of talking on a cell phone while you are driving exerts a more powerful negative influence on driving performance than alcohol consumed at the legal limit. 

But in most cases, distractions are the things that slowly tick at our ability to get things done at our desired rates. 

  • Unscheduled phone calls
  • E-mails
  • Unscheduled meetings 
  • Conversations 
  • Hobbies 
  • Food
  • And much more.

You may be asking, “ How are some of these things distractions” ? 

I am right along with you, but I will also say these things can be labeled as distractions when they are used as tools of procrastination . Yes, you need food, a social life, hobbies and etc; but once those things have become an excuse for you not getting things then they have become a distraction. 


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