Last week, I went five full days - Sunday to Friday evening - without eating a single calorie. Am I anorexic? Hopelessly poor? Insane? Well, I can assure you that I’m neither anorexic nor poor.
Last September I moved home from abroad and found that my old U.K. SIM card didn’t work anymore. Turns out that Sainsbury’s Mobile had shut down and no-one told me.
The thesis: distraction is bad, distraction is everywhere, and avoiding distraction takes work. Your digital devices are set up by default to be as attention-grabbing and focus-destroying as possible. Resistance to these distracting defaults is an essential ingredient of productivity - to say nothing of your mental health.
The first step is admitting it: my name is George, and I’m a distraction-holic.