I'm about to be cured of snacking

Working from home has allowed for a lot of temptations to snack since all my food is about 20 feet away from me. Luckily, I'll have my Invisalign braces tomorrow, so I'll be effectively putting myself on a time restrictive diet. The braces are to be worn 20 -22 hours a day, and I can only drink cold or cool plain water with them in. I'll ask the orthodontist if there are any things I could do, like add lemon or mint. I don't really like plain water. I'll miss my all-day tea. Hopefully I don't unintentionally drinks less and cause any kidney stones!

Chapter 6, Reimagine the Internal Trigger

This chapter focuses on internal distraction cues. Don't want to start a project because you don't feel like you know enough? You might start fidgeting or going to the kitchen to find something to eat or go find a coworker to talk to instead of facing your uncomfortable feeling. What happens when you start feeling distracted? What actions do you do? How exactly do you feel? Bored? Fearful?

Eyal talks about liminal moments as well, these times of transition where a distraction for a moment becomes a distraction for an hour. When waiting for a webpage to load, how often do you open another page instead of waiting? Or scroll through social media just for a second, to find out you've been searching for high school friends for a half hour? The author allows himself distraction - but "in ten minutes" - if he feels he wants to check something and avoid what he is supposed to do, he will check it in ten minutes, after doing ten minutes of work. And often ten minutes passed... and so has the urge of checking his phone.

Chapter Summary:

By reimagining an uncomfortable trigger, we can disarm it.

  • Step 1: Look for emotion preceding distraction.
  • Step 2: Write down the internal trigger.
  • Step 3: Explore the negative sensation with curiosity instead of contempt.
  • Step 4: Be extra cautious during liminal moments.


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