Let’s be honest for a moment. The West Wing is the best television show of all time.
And one of the best mini-stories in the series is, I think, the ‘Cartographers for Social Equality’ visit.
Some visiting scientists blow Josh and CJ’s minds by explaining that how the Mercator Projection Map (our traditional world map)…
I first started experimenting with internet-free weekends in 2011.
Two ‘aha’ moments combined to prompt me to start thinking that perhaps the discomfort might be well worth the effort.
We all know that focus is powerful and our devices can be a big part of the distractedness problem. But what if they could also be part of the solution?
Reports vary on exactly how many hours the average adults spends on screens each day – different studies report anything between 7 and 12 hours. However, it only takes a few moments considering our own days, and the amount of time spent across desktops, laptops, phones and tablets to know that it’s a significant part of our day, and often the place we’re performing work that really requires us to focus and be at our mental best.
So how, then, can we leverage our devices to actually help us to focus?
The other day I was reading, and I came across a quote that made me do a double take.
I believe that intentionally expanding our understanding of the world through the differing perspectives of others is an incredibly important component of living deliberately. Reading is one powerful way to do that.
Reading is also good for developing focus and empathy, for reducing stress, for enhancing leadership capacity, for fostering deep and innovating thinking, and for improving memory!