When walking, walk. When eating, eat.

“The world used to be silent. Now it has too many voices, and the noise is a constant distraction. They multiply, intensify; they will divert your attention to what’s convenient and forget to tell you about yourself.” *

By focusing on the doing, we drop anxieties, uncertainties, and whatever is unnecessary. By focusing on the doing, we dive into depth of focus and increased brain function, stimulating action. In Flow, we are unselfconscious and in effortless control, and we not only get s**t done — we get s** done while enjoying the process, while having fun.

Notwithstanding, when not AWARE, we are highly susceptible to distractions and, thus, to unconsciously falling into counterproductive and wearing approaches of doing things: preparation overkill, over-engineering, and multitasking. After all, there is a plethora of possibilities, of cool stuff we could be exploring and playing with, of things requiring our attention at the same time — so many intriguing approaches available, awesome tools, simultaneously projects, multiple concurrent highest priority tasks (sic), plenty of nice people requiring our attention, etc.

And then, that easily, we end up working more, but being less creative and less productive; we end up delivering less and with lower quality. Not to mention, of course, that we end up enjoying way less the ride, as most of the fun is in the effective process, not in digressions, nor at the end line.

“We live in an age of many stimulations. If you are focused, you are harder to reach. If you are distracted, you are available. You are distracted; you are available. You want flattery. Always looking to where it’s at, you want to take part in everything and everything to be a part of you.” *

In his famous commencement speech at Kenyon College, D.F.W. warned us that we must keep reminding ourselves over and over of what is real and essential. And while working, control of consciousness is essential, as it “determines the quality of your work and the quality of your life”.**

We have to be AWARE. We have to remind ourselves over and over of focusing. Remind ourselves of that Soto proverb that says “When walking, walk. When eating, eat”. We have to remind ourselves over and over that there’s no tomorrow, stop the b.s. and start now”. We have to consciously refuse distractions practicing control of consciousness.

I’m writing this short note as a self-reminder, a reminder to my friends and workmates, and a reminder to whoever else might benefit from it.

*From the introduction/manifest of Savages’ ‘Shut up’

**Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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