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Block Websites - Retrain Your Focus

It’s not a new idea that social media in particular is a massive waste of time (unless you make your living from it I suppose… Imagine that), yet like any other habitual drug addiction, it’s very difficult to reign in our time spent on it.

I often think about the many generations before us, all they were able to accomplish and the journeys of discovery they had. Often I arrive in this thought after watching an interview of an esteemed artist, thinker, scientist, inventor, etc. And when I sit and listen to them recount their life journey, all I can think is that yep, if you’re attention isn’t repetitively snatched by something as mundane and generally irrelevant as the on goings of social media, then the only thing you have left to do with your dormant focus (bordom) is to entertain yourself with something interesting over an extended period of time, leading you to develop strong skills, focussed interests or perhaps a novel thought that inspires a curiousity.

Would you disengage the block to go about checking for nothing in particular?

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
- Albert Einstein”

That pretty much sums it up I think. You’re not going to get to any thought, sollution, creative outcome, result or relationship that has true depth unless you can reprogram your brain to stay focussed instead of constantly searching for a new stimulus. This is known as the monkey mind’ and it’s what the internet is now designed to take advantage of, so that you keep clicking.

To curb this I installed a website blocking add-on extension so that every time I go onto Facebook and Instagram, I’m greeted by the image above, leading me to question whether I actually want to engage or not - which I’ve found 80% of the time is not the case. The idea behind it for me is to break the association between the distracted twitch to open Facebook and then reinforcing it with stimulation from likes, comments, etc. It’s working pretty great so far!

This is the one I’m using: blocksite.co


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