Almost everything is a distraction!
Sometimes I listen to Metallica and imagine being James Hetfield playing Master of Puppets to a crowd of 20,000. Other times, I’m lost among the enlightening words of Naval Ravikant’s podcast.
I’ve come up with a strategy for dealing with this loss of concentration. I call it noting. I don’t think that’s a technical term, by the way.
I write to myself things like – “remember how good it feels to get the work done for the day”. Or, “once this is done you’re going to feel fulfilled. And, then you get to listen to Metallica”.
Sure, I could just say those things to myself. But I don’t think that’s powerful enough. I use the noting to simulate the therapist/client relationship. I’m the client and the paper is the therapist.
It’s not foolproof, but it seems to work.
As Naval said:
Doctors won’t make you healthy.
Nutritionists won’t make you slim.
Teachers won’t make you smart.
Gurus won’t make you calm.
Mentors won’t make you rich.
Trainers won’t make you fit.
Ultimately, you have to take responsibility.
Now excuse me, I need to get my tasks finished to I can get back to rocking out to Enter Sandman.