#7 PositivePsychology.com Podcast – Finding Focus in an Age of Distraction


Positive Psychology Podcast 7

In this conversation, Hugo and Seph discuss today’s challenge -and the costs of- distraction.

How can we reap the benefits of deep focus and end the day with a sense of achievement and fulfillment?

Is it enough to eliminate distractions? Or is there a deeper issue that we need to address?

Please feel free to tune in and join us in this conversation.

Books that have had a big impact on us:

  • Deep Work by Cal Newport (link)
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown (link)
  • Indistractable by Nir Eyal (link)
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (link)
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller (link)

What our readers think

  1. Dominique

    I love your podcast! So please, please don’t forget to post a new episode from time to time.
    Thank you very much.

  2. Jane W

    Thanks – very thought provoking and it seriously distracted me this morning! While your focus is on technological distraction I would have preferred to hear more about how to stop your mind flitting from one distraction to another, without the aid of technology. However I’ll take away the thought about dying – but rephrase it into ‘if this is my last day, how do I want to be remembered?’ I’m grateful for the links to more reading.

  3. Kristine STEPANYAN

    Great article! I found it highly helpful! Thank you very much!

  4. Stephen Mills

    You both have sojourned in ways that clarity of intention and passions intensify. The process of excluding distractions seems contrary to an effective progress from distraction and dissipation. From my own monastic decades and being mentored by an abbot and others of significant insight, it is the passionate “going to” actions and projects aligned with our life purpose statement brings fulfilling, re-energizing focus.
    Having crafted a life purpose statement that is grounded in love/nurturance and inclusive of preparing to contribute is a device that can be used as a ready focus for going toward purposeful actions parallel to our impassioned purpose.
    Thus, everywhere we are, we can be “on purpose” and exceptionally focused with less to zero dissipation.
    Hearing you both reflect is a delight. Thank you each for sharing your live wonderment with us.

  5. Diane

    I think when you don’t spend time programming activities, it’s hard to focus on anything.

  6. Seph Fontane Pennock

    For your convenience, I’ve put the books we’ve mentioned in the podcast (+ some more) in the show notes above.
    I cannot recommend these books enough, as it’s so important for all of us to deal with technology in a mindful way to ensure we are using technology, instead of being used by it.


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