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My friend who is an executive is intelligent and driven but constantly distracted. At any given time he will have Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, LinkedIn and multiple IM conversations going at once.

In an effort to create a distraction-free space, he once tried getting his executive assistant to pull all the internet cables out of is computer. But he still found too many ways to get online.

So, when he was struggling to complete a particularly big project, he resorted to a desperate measure. He gave his phone away and when to a remote hotel with no Internet access.

After eight weeks of almost solitary confinement, he was able to get the project done.

Today more than ever before it is difficult to get people to focus.

In a world where we are overstimulated by the internet, emails, social media, can you remember the last time you were bored? It doesn’t happen anymore.

Just a few years ago, if you were stuck in an airport waiting for a delayed flight, or in the waiting room of a doctor’s surgery, you probably just sat there, staring into space, feeling bored.

Today, everyone waiting around in an airport or a waiting room is glued to their technological tools of choice.

Of course, nobody likes being bored. But by abolishing any chance of being bored we have also lost the time we used to have to think and process.

Due to being over-stimulated, we have lost the time to read, to reflect, to concentrate.

In order to focus we need to escape to focus. We need to log-off, switch off our internet, emails, laptops, ipads, smartphones, social networks.

The more the noise, the more time and effort we need to set aside for quiet, meditation and reflection.

The faster and busier things get, the more we need to build thinking time into our schedule.

The nosier things get, the more we need to build quiet reflection spaces in which we can truly focus.

We live in the information age, with the unintended consequence of more noise.

Those who are able to escape the noise and spend alone time are able to focus and get a lot done.

Those who are able to be offline while everybody is online, are very scarce. It is this scarcity that creates value.

Create space for the quiet each day.

 

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