Today, I’d like to point you toward a wonderful article from Mark McGuinness of Lateral Action. He talks about finding the right balance between distraction and focus to support your creativity.
Regular Lateral Action readers will know I’m a big believer in the power of focus.
When it’s time to produce, it’s time to eliminate distractions – switch off the phone, e-mail, internet etc – and concentrate on the task in hand. Because focused attention is essential for achieving creative flow, the state in which you do your best creative work.
Over the years I’ve advocated various tools and techniques for minimising distractions and heightening your powers of concentration, including meditation, time management, rituals and software applications.
So what do you think I made of a recent article by Jonathan Lehrer in the Wall Street Journal, arguing that people who are easily distracted are more creative and productive than those who find it easy to maintain a laserlike focus?” To read more, click on this link: Do Distractions Make You More Creative?.