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Apr 15, 2019 19:20:57

Attention

by @keenencharles | 222 words | 5🔥 | 149💌

Keenen Charles

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I've been trying to read more books recently but my attention span seems to have gotten shorter. It used to be I could sit with a book for hours on end and not be distracted. Now I find myself tempted to multitask somehow while reading, which is terrible for reading and absorbing.

I think it's partly a result of trying to be more productive over the years. I've gotten so used to trying to maximise my time that focusing on one solitary task has begun to feel like I'm wasting time. Even watching movies and listening to music now requires conscious effort to focus completely.

I know many people happily consume content while on their phone and scrolling through social media. But it feels like a shallow experience for me. It's like skimming a story, you miss all the little details that were included. One of the great joys in experiencing good content is seeing the intricacies behind it. You can never spot those details when you're only paying half attention to it.

Now I'm trying to restore my attention span. Not with any special tactics but by simply being conscious of every time I get distracted and aiming for short periods of focus on a single thing. Hopefully, with time I'll be able to get lost in a good book again.

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    @keenencharles <<Even watching movies and listening to music now requires conscious effort to focus completely.>> I knoooow! Its awful :-///
    yet... on top of that, with me it has nothing to do with being <<more productive over the years>>
    Damn!

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 16, 2019 22:13:07
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      @lucjah there are just so many distractions now it's harder for every one to focus

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Apr 17, 2019 09:38:06
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    a little introduction here
    https://200wordsaday.com/words/my-draft-150005cb54e8fe7a20
    maybe there is some common ground...
    what do you think @hemaharune

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 16, 2019 21:22:51
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      @keenencharles @lucjah Of course books, nature, life, world are all the common ground. And don't do multitasking. You will definitely get stress.

      Hemalakshmi avatar Hemalakshmi | Apr 17, 2019 11:48:34
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      @lucjah @hemaharune yeah it seems like only a few things really benefit from trying to multitask. But it's become a bad habit that takes effort to break out of.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Apr 17, 2019 09:38:50
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    @keenencharles I think it's a good idea to consciously improve focus. I have had the same tendency to multi-task with mixed results. We can all benefit from working to improve attention span and focus.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 15, 2019 20:29:09
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