It seems that we’re busier than ever. Reports, spreadsheets. presentations, meetings, family obligations. For most of us, it’s a non-stop hustle.
But are we more productive and happier when we’re always busy?
Conventional wisdom tells us we must work harder to get ahead.
Yet there are millions of people who work hard every day only to find themselves stuck in the usual rat-race of the 9-5, feeling bored and unfulfilled with life.
When we think of distraction, it’s something to avoid.
We have to always be focused on the task at hand.Contrary to popular belief, however, our brains are more active when we’re resting or playing than when we’re actually working.
Distracting ourselves, getting away from the problems of everyday life can have tremendous benefits on our well being.It can help us become more productive, efficient, and happier with our work.
But there are two types of distractions. Positive and negative distraction.
Positive distraction is when we go for a walk, exercise, socialize with friends, read or engage in play.
Negative distraction is when we stay glued to our cell-phones, these mobile casinos which disrupt our ability to immerse ourselves in the state flow, where we are totally engaged in an activity.
Hustling and working hard is good. But distraction and play should be just as important when it comes to the creative process.