How I Got My Attention Back

How I Got My Attention Back

There are a thousand beautiful ways to start the day that don’t begin with looking at your phone. And yet so few of us choose to do so. For twenty-eight days this winter I lived on the grounds of an…

Here is how I try to keep my attention. I have an office with two desks. One is for online work and the other is for the real world. I have a rolling chair and can stop any time to make a liminal move from one to the other.  Plus, because we are shepherds and farmers we are never far from the weather, the stars and the world of chores and keeping a fire set and breaking ice from water and all the happy quotidien field walks with the dogs.

Below is my analog space. I do charge my various tablets here, but I write here and go full-on Gutenberg here mostly.


I do digital here.

I drink coffee in both spaces.

I need balance. Today my wife and I will go walk together doing shinrin-yoku (森林浴). You get balance, too.

By the way, how do you get, keep, find your balance between digital distraction and real life?




Rock Solid in a Storm: Daniel Bassill with a Life Rope

Daniel’s posts always do more than inform. They are full of persuasion and  they make me a better person.  I have been mulling over his latest post,

Conflicted: How to focus long term when world around is in turmoil?

As usual he has some serious wisdom to share. This time he takes the long view about giving in a world full of turmoil. I say it is wise because it runs counter to what the prevailing wisdom is (which is really an oxymoronic thing to say, right?). Most folk are saying ‘resist’ and even fight. Dan says instead that we need to save democracy by giving more. More money and more service.

I am annotating both the images and the text at NowComment and have added a few other choice readings from Isaiah Berlin and an article about the ‘triple bottom line’ from Tanya Hall and Timothy F. Slaper as extras. Come visit. His writing always repays on its ROA–return on attention. It is not a zero sum game either. You will gain life for time invested. No, really? 😉