Have you ever paid attention to your breathing?
If we don’t exhale and try to hold our breath for an extended period of time we run the risk of fainting due to the lack of oxygen flowing to our brain.
The same principle can apply if we don’t give our minds a break… our decision making can become foggy and we can start to become overwhelmed by everything demanding the use of our finite attention span.
This may be seen as an extreme comparison, but it is logical once you break it down and think about it.
Over the last year, I have been doing a lot of thinking around the way we spend our time and all the different factors that pull the string of our attention span. Setting time aside to be bored, shouldn’t be something that you try and avoid.
Being bored isn’t negative and it doesn’t mean that you are decreasing your productivity. In actual fact, it will probably lead to increased productivity as you allow yourself time to be with your own thoughts and in control of your own attention.
It’s okay at time to exhale…. because if you don’t you may just faint.
A few interesting podcasts that you may enjoy relating to our attention span and the various elements that try to capture as much of it as they can.
- Attention Please
- Flies: The unexpected answer to the food crisis
- Cybersecurity in the Age of AI
- #152 — The Trouble with Facebook
I thought you may also enjoy the thinking that Tristan Harris shares in this TED Talk and the way he encourages us to spend our time.