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17 02 17

So distracted

I don’t have thirty-something browser tabs open just for the fun of it, okay?

It happens disturbingly often that I get distracted by something while trying to focus my efforts on a single unit of work. Maybe there’s a discussion somewhere I want to read deeper into, my mind will wander, or I recall I was trying to get something else done instead. Don’t get me wrong, I like being able to jump from one thing to the next to combat monotony, but there’s also a line that can be crossed.

And sometimes, when I get distracted, it takes a long time for me to return to what I was originally doing. Off the top of my head, at least ten of these tabs are things I was going to look into. It just hasn’t happened yet. Maybe their priority isn’t high enough, maybe they were just forgotten entirely.

Some would say it’s a bit of a problem, and I’d be inclined to agree. But in an effort to make myself seem less sloppy than I am: it also has its perks! If I ever find myself getting bored, there’s always something to do. A task to pick back up, an article to dive back into. Piled work helps stave off aimless wandering.

Proud to say I didn’t tab out a single time while writing this post. That really shouldn’t feel like an achievement though.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 20/02/2017 (11:52 AM)

    As a very distractable person myself, I completely understand. I actually can’t even write a simple 500 word article without getting distracted by something, or just feeling a need to distract myself. The only time I have a lot of tabs open though, is when I’m reading blogs. I normally manage to contain my distractedness to a few tabs.

  • 18/02/2017 (3:22 AM)

    If nothing else, you can go back through the tabs later and try to recreate why it was you opened some of them in the first place.

    • 18/02/2017 (11:57 AM)

      Forensics are gonna have a field day if they ever claim my machine.

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