Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Nir previously taught as a Lecturer in Marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.
Nir co-founded and sold two tech companies since 2003 and was dubbed by The M.I.T. Technology Review as, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Bloomberg Businessweek wrote, “Nir Eyal is the habits guy. Want to understand how to get app users to come back again and again? Then Eyal is your man.”
We are all bombarded by constant distractions from the moment we awake. Emails, texts, Social media, music, podcasts, TV, etc. It controls us from the onset and never lets up.
Some of it is useful but most of it becomes drawn out and overdone. These distractions have slowly crept more and more into our lives and it’s only getting worse.
If we know these distractions are inevitable then it might be wise to block deliberate time out each day to find silence. Because when we find silence we start to find ourselves.
Silence can be weird, I know. It’s uncomfortable. Sitting with your thoughts and your thoughts alone. It’s almost become unnatural when it might be the best thing we can do for ourselves.
The mind can quiet and relax. The mind can focus.
When the outside world is shut off it allows our inner voice to finally speak up and share what we truly think. If we listen closely and respect the voice inside us then it has the power to open up new doors we haven’t considered before. It might be as simple as an idea to pursue or a thought to hold onto as we go through the day. It might point out some areas we should look to improve or be cheering us on to keep going. It doesn’t matter what it says because it’s all purely honest and authentic.
Each of our voices is unique but the only way we get to hear its true words is to quiet everything around us.
Sit on the floor and close your eyes, go for a walk in the woods, relax on your back porch. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Find what works for you.
It also doesn’t have to be for hours. Start with a minute. Progress to 5. Maybe someday get to 10, 20, or 30 minutes.
If we make a small commitment to taking back ownership of our time and use that to eliminate the distractions then we might start to enjoy the silence.
It becomes positive fuel for a happy and healthy life.