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Saturday Morning Meditation: Fighting Distractions in a Distracted World

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 26, 2019

No. 1,608

It is extremely difficult to avoid being distracted from focusing on a chosen task. But we all know that avoiding distraction is the shortest way to successfully completing a task.  In reality, it is the only way.

The greatest thief is ubiquitous entertainment. We have allowed ourselves to be entertained all day, in the car, at our desk, while eating. Some are unable to endure silence for even short periods of time.

If you read almost anything on the internet, your eyes must leap over banner ads enticing you to click away from the page you are reading. I was just reading a post about the Buddhist monk credited with popularizing the concept of mindfulness.  Ironically, the page was an obstacle course of banners — not just on the sidebar, but in the page itself.  The most obtrusive block your view, requiring you to figure out how to eliminate them before reading on. Take the detour and you may never come back. Take the detour and you may even forget what you were reading or lose interest.

We must fight back. If we do nothing, our brains become an open dumpster.  And we have wasted time. Yes, wasting time is a big deal.

Our time is limited and grows shorter every second.  Hoard it.




CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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