Does distraction help us to focus?

1 Jul 2016

This post is inspired by an article in the Guardian by Dr. Daniel Glaser called "The benefits of distraction".


A couple of days ago, I found myself stuck on some C++ code. I exhausted every possible way to achieve what I wanted (or so I thought), and it just wasn't working. So, I decided to go for a walk and find pick up my lunch from somewhere new. I spent about half an hour walking in to different restaurants and supermarkets, but ended up getting the same thing I get every day! Upon my return, with my mind refreshed, I managed to find yet another way to write what I wanted, and my program worked exactly the way I wanted to.


Surprisingly, this was the first time I actually took a break from my work to solve a problem with my work. I would usually think it would be counter-productive. This is definitely a technique I will be using from now on!


I went for a walk to distract myself. What do you like to do to distract yourself from work?

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
Please reload

Please reload

Related Posts
PhDomics by Fatima