Half spontaneously and half intentionally, I picked up a copy of Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I was worried about finding the time to read, until I turned off the TV. What a difference! The funny thing about television is that it has a way of drawing the viewer into whatever is showing at the time. Even the most insipid courtroom drama becomes irresistable, not because it’s good…but because it’s on. I’ve read more in the past three days than I have in the last six months.

I’ve also reacquainted myself with my incredible ability to be distracted. It’s frustrating, but I’m trying to find ways to deal with it. Lesson one: When losing focus, “trying harder” will only lead to more frustration. I’ve found that taking a short break to see what distracts me helps to restore my concentration. Contrary to what I expected, this is actually much faster than trying to shut out all of the little impulses that make me want to check out all of those little noises or movements. The trick, of course, is to avoid losing myself in the distraction.

No Comments so far
Leave a comment



Leave a comment
Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

(required)

(required)