The debate on distractions and thinking made it into the US presidential race last week. During his visit to England, Barack Obama was overheard speaking with British Conservative Party leader David Cameron.
According to Obama, “the most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you’re doing is thinking.” I’d imagine it must be more difficult for the President of the US to set aside time to think than it is for even the busiest lawyer, but it’s positive that this is getting broader recognition. Maybe a backlash really is brewing against the way we are being programmed for continuous partial attention these days.
Now for even greater productivity, Obama needs to make sure he actually takes that vacation he mentioned, something a full third of American workers fail to do.