Diversions and Distractions
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Diversions and Distractions

“Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. Time is short.”

– Adam Hochschild, American author, journalist and lecturer


“No diversions and no distractions.”

I once heard of a boss who insisted that the games feature on every office computer be disabled and the use of MP3 players be banned during work hours. He also asked the IT department to monitor computer usage to ensure that no-one was stealing company time by surfing social networking sites. The penalty for such an infraction was termination of employment.

“People have enough trouble staying focused,” he said. “Why make it harder?”  

Diversions and distractions take many forms in the workplace and at home. Anything that ca...

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