This will take just one minute

We all have a little gatekeeper within our head who decides what to let into our garden of attention.

Checking notifications, watching a quick video or uploading a photo. All of these actions promise to take up less than 5 minutes of our time. So our gatekeeper promptly lets them in.

But once they are inside, this gatekeeper falls asleep. Those activities then expand from the minute or two that they promised, to several hours. Only when several hours have passed does an alarm go off and the gatekeeper wakes up. And yet, the next time these activities show up, the gatekeeper swings the gate open again.

The most dangerous distractions are the smallest ones. For they great at tricking the gatekeeper within all our heads.

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