One year ago I started writing on Train Your Focus. The blogs describe my personal journey to find the perfect balance between technology and mind. With modern technology, like the smartphone and tablet, the world is at our fingertips. A world filled with exciting opportunities. But also full of danger and distractions. People are slowly losing the skill to concentrate and focus. These are the things that bothered me. And that is why I started with this blog. To learn more about it myself and inspire others along the way.
Our brains are changing. They are adapting to cope with our current reality: the constant distraction and information overload caused by technology. We are always searching for more information, likes and demand instant gratification. No delay, we want it all and we want it now! Meanwhile, we are slowly losing the ability to concentrate and focus. Our brains are becoming lazy. Work that requires a few hours of concentration is too much for us. When was the last time you took the time to write something or read a book without being disturbed? That is why you need to train your focus.
Train your focus
I truly believe that the people that have the skill to focus, or the ones that are training their ‘focus muscle’, will have a huge competitive advantage over the people that are losing that skill. I also believe that they are more powerful, balanced and happier.
Technology is a blessing and a curse at the same time. I love the fact that I have all the information I could want right at my fingertips. And I love the fact that I can work wherever I want, whenever I want. But I hate the pressure and distraction technology brings. All the messages, notifications, news and photos I ‘have to’ see.
That was my reality and it was enough
It makes me long for the eighties and early nineties. The time before the Internet (as we know it) and smartphone. People could reach me by visiting me, calling me via a landline (when I was at home) or by writing a letter. Sometimes they simply could not reach me at all! I could see the news on the television, hear it from others or read it in the paper. Sometimes I missed the latest news! That was my world, my reality. And it was enough.
Technology is here to stay
But we have to face the fact that technology is here to stay. So we have to deal with it. Not just that: we have to master it and learn to use it to our advantage. Maybe even enjoy it! But we should not allow it to be our master. I believe we need to actively teach our kids. They too need to develop willpower to stop succumbing to the constant distraction and information overload. Living online and checking messages and notifications all the time. They also need to develop the skills to discern real information from fake information. You need to train your focus. Because I believe that, in order to create truly meaningful things and live a happy and meaningful life, you need to be able to focus.
These are the things that bothered me. And that is one of the reasons I started with Train Your Focus almost a year ago. Since then I have written many blogs about all kinds of different subjects. But the main topics have always been: technology, distraction and the ability to concentrate and focus.
To teach myself
I hope many readers have enjoyed reading the blogs on Train Your Focus just as much as I enjoyed writing them. But the main reason I started with Train Your Focus was to teach myself. Because that is the way I learn best. By doing research, talking to people, thinking it over and writing it down for an audience. That is why, in the blogs, I was not just talking to you (my audience) but also to myself. Hope you didn’t mind!
Be a master of technology
I will keep blogging on Train Your Focus to continue to inspire and teach myself. And maybe, along the way, I will inspire and teach others. I will also keep urging you to keep (or start) reading and writing. To start with daily meditation. And finally: to learn to stay close to yourself and to not be a slave, but a master of the technology that surrounds us.
Thanks for joining me on this journey and keep training your brain to focus!