Why you have “shiny gadget” syndrome, and how to focus

Reader, do you find yourself spending hours on your smartphone or computer, but getting nothing done? Does it seem impossible to stick with one task and one task only as a million, “Are you KIDDING ME”? type of ads swirl around your screen? Do you find your self checking out “just one more article” Despite your best,  most disciplined efforts to stay on track?

Hyper one, it’s not your fault (well, not entirely).

Blaming Your Brain

Does putting a bum rap on your own brain cells and cerebral wiring make it easier? Not really. But it’s sort of true; your brain is wired to give you a “pay off” everytime you see something new or interesting. Here’s the hard truth that you desperately need to here, and I hope you love me for boldly sharing it:

You’re an addict, Creative One

Yes, it’s true, creative soul; your brain releases dopamine everytime you see something new and cool. You’re addicted to the stuff. It’s the reason you click away from one perfectly good article to another one. It’s the reason you keep checking facebook every five seconds. It’s why you can’t

Focus.

You need that Dopamine hit. All smart phone users do. That’s why this is called the “never look up” generation. Sad.

(lyrics) “it’s agreed—all we need– is punctuated conversation with a brief abbreviation…”

Wonderful distracted human, there’s simply no way around it. What you need is

Total Detox

This means, you need to retrain  your brain but first.  You absolutely Must, must must set limits on your gadget time. Your PC time. Even normal phone calls, and definitely texting. Yes, you must rigorously schedule set times for these things, and make them the same time each day. Otherwise, you’re nothing but an electronics junkie.  I know, I know. That phone is ringing, “you’ve got mail” and you just can’t seem to stop thinking about that latest “trending now” snippet you saw. Bite the bullet. Go completely cold turkey from all gadgets for two weeks if you just can’t help yourself. Here’s what will happen

Focus.

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Suddenly, your brain will be bored.  Bored. Curious. Understimulated. And reader, that’s a very good thing! Your brain will tell you things like, “I just KNOW someone left me an important message…I feeeeel it”. But reader, your brain is lying. Because someone most likely DID leave you a message but reader, the truth is, it’s not important. At least not as important as reclaiming your focus.

Right this moment write down the three most important things you need to do…today. And do nothing but those three things. Do it with no interurptions or distractions…no matter what. Here’s why;

Evertytime you break away from an important task, it takes 10 full minutes for you to fully refocus on what you were initially doing. No wonder nothing gets done in your world!

Look, you are going to have to make a choice. Do you want to be a twitching, unfocused, distracted and non productive human forever?

Starting now, decide on definate, set in stone times to answer all your gadgets and try to make it ONCE A DAY. Will you need to change your phone number? Quit Facebook? Give the impression you’ve left the planet? Probably.  A better way though might be to inform your clan that you are going AWOL for a season of detox.

Then stick to your plan of only checking your gadgets during that time. And let me know how it works; we’re in this together.

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