You Must Be Detective and Chief Scientist of Distraction

Both are required to achieve your goals.

Much Too Many

“What’s going on?” you ask. “Feel free to spare the gruesome details.”

The Cause of Commotion

There, in the middle of it all, is a young man. His clip-on tie is attached to a wrinkled shirt and his pants are clearly disheveled. He sits, restlessly, on the ground. His eyes are blank and his right thumb is stuck in a state of perpetual scrolling.

Working Through It

Back in the building, you discuss the events with your neighbor. “I don’t understand,” you say. “He seemed so determined, so driven. How could he let this happen?”

A building lit up at night.
A building lit up at night.
Photo by Andreas Rønningen on Unsplash

Becoming Detective

You sleep poorly that night; your dreams filled with unanswered questions. Why does this keep happening? What is the cause? And most importantly, what is the solution? Is there a solution?

Truth Is in the Data

“Hello… Umm… Err… I’d like to see your public records relating to soul-crushing distraction from the last month,” you mutter to the officer at the front desk.

Your Profession

By trade, you are a scientist. When people ask what you do, you simply say scientist. That answer is often met with disinterested eyes and so you’ve learned to keep it brief.

The Mayor Speaks

Several more weeks pass. The sun is shining upon the mayor as she makes an announcement to the public.

Many brightly colored trucks in a yard.
Many brightly colored trucks in a yard.
Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

The Goals of Many

There’s a brief pause in her speech as she absorbs the applause and cheers from the crowd.

The Lesson of the Story

If the mayor didn’t make it clear enough, allow me to reiterate her point — distraction is an ongoing battle to be fought. It could be a notification on your phone, a “quick” pop-in from a coworker, or a correspondence placed upon your desk.

How I Prevent Distraction

You must play detective. You must sniff out the cause of the distraction. And from there, you must be a scientist and test out different means for countering said distraction.

Moving Forward as Detective and Chief Scientist

Distraction is part of daily life. Instead of accepting it though, instead of letting it wash over you, you can take action. You can do something about it.

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