WHY DO PEOPLE NOT ACHIEVE SUCCESS?
I am sometimes asked how I manage to do so much. The answer is usually, “The night is still young, and I have a lot of new goals”. And, in one word, I can explain what I have already achieved – concentration.
There’s nothing new here. A yet a massive number of people are victims of the “scattered mind” syndrome. 30 years ago, this epidemic would have been difficult to imagine. People left work when the day was coming to an end.
However, with the advent of the internet, email, and text messages, the boundaries between work and play have begun to blur. Everyone has turned into their own full-time biographer and photographer, and many are not so much living as reporting every step they take.
The mind suffers, and work suffers. Repetitions of actions, psychologists say, exhaust and damage cognitive abilities. In one study, it turned out that workers checked their email every 3 minutes and used the internet at the same time. Such distractions cost a company with 1 million employees 1 billion dollars, in loss of time, reduced creativity, errors, and fatigue.
And this is based on data from 2007, which is almost stone-age. Since then, social network has flourished, having addictive drug-like effects. The paradox is that you are reading this article from a social network feed, but I hope that it isn’t at the expense of important issues. Incidentally, though, I am about to tell you how to drop the needle.
It turns out that getting in the habit of being distracted reprograms the brain. It reminds me of restless leg syndrome, but the process has migrated to the brain. It’s even harmful for the eyes, because long sessions in front of a monitor is often combined with blinking too little, which can lead to dry eye syndrome. And that isn’t even the worst of it – I’ve read that teenagers in some countries use diapers in order to avoid a break in gameplay.
Emails, texts, social media, talkative colleagues – the list is long. The fact is that the brain has to solve many tasks simultaneously. According to the myth, multitasking is the imperative of time. A person who does everything at once suffers the illusion that they are very productive, but it’s quite the contrary.
How do we fix this? So just concentrate on what you have to do now.
I imagine how my career would be if during an operation I ignored the patient and read my texts, watched cat videos, checked emails, or read the news. Simply treat yourself as the most important patient in the best sense of the word, and that patient’s affairs will quickly do better!