Stimuli, Attention, and What We Notice

Stimuli, Attention, and What We Notice

"Wherever you direct your gaze, you will meet with something that might stand out from the rest, if the context in which you read it were not equally notable," writes Seneca in Letters From a Stoic.   Quite a while back I listened to a podcast interview with the founder of a music streaming service … Continue reading Stimuli, Attention, and What We Notice

Constant Task Switching

Constant Task Switching

My last post was about training the brain to become less dependent on continuous novelty and to become better at concentrated focus. Training the brain for deep work requires that we wean ourselves from distractions and in some senses rewire our brains to be less dependent on distracting stimuli.   Cal Newport describes exactly what … Continue reading Constant Task Switching

What is Shallow Work

What is Shallow Work

Cal Newport, in his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, provides the following definition for shallow work - the opposite of what he encourages us to strive for in our daily lives and work:   "Shallow Work: Noncognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend to not … Continue reading What is Shallow Work

Keep What’s Meaningful

The last few weeks I have been wasting time with thing that are not meaningful. My time and attention have been eaten away by things that don't add value to my life and leave me feeling slightly guilty.   This morning I recognized, when I took advantage of an extra 30 minutes in my schedule, … Continue reading Keep What’s Meaningful

Learning to Think In Silence

I listen to a lot of podcasts. When I am driving, cooking, cleaning, doing yard work, and any time I have a task to do around the house I like to have a podcast going. I love listening to interesting conversations, discussions about new scientific ideas, and stories about things I never thought of. Podcasts … Continue reading Learning to Think In Silence

Mindful In All Things

Thich Nhat Hanh's book The Miracle of Mindfulness¬†helped me think about the value of the present moment and the value of engaging in the present moment. Returning to his book to write about the sections I highlighted when I read it almost a year ago is bringing my attention back to the present moment and … Continue reading Mindful In All Things