Posts Tagged ‘distracted attention’

Would Albert Einstein succeed in today’s distracted world?

August 19, 2019

I feel sad for today’s students. They have so many shiny objects (email, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, web sites with flashy graphics) competing for attention. Concentrating on schoolwork requires students have enormous discipline and willpower.

When I went to school there was no World Wide Web and there were no laptops. There were just books, paper, and pencils. It was relatively easy to do the deep work – long, uninterrupted periods of concentration – needed to do well in school.

If Albert Einstein had lived in the distracted world that we live in today, would he have been able to make his discoveries?

An alarming statistic on how much time emails and web browsing take out of our work

July 28, 2019

A 2012 McKinsey study found that the average knowledge worker now spends more than 60% of the workweek engaged in electronic communication and Internet searching, with close to 30% of a worker’s time dedicated to reading and answering e-mail alone.

This state of fragmented attention cannot accommodate deep work, which requires long periods of uninterrupted thinking.

— The above comes from an awesome book that I am reading, titled Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.