Sometimes, distractions can actually serve a purpose. Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, they warn us—when we feel ourselves regularly succumbing to them—that our work is not well defined, or our tasks are menial, or the whole project we’re engaged in is fundamentally pointless.

“Remote” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Clio has decided to respond to COVID-19 by enforcing mandatory work from home.

To prepare for this period of working from home, I’ve been reading Remote by Basecamp founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

This quote immediately stood out for me. I was already applying it today when I was working on a ticket. When I caught my mind straying, I realized I needed to pause and think to gain clarity on what I needed to do to move forward.

So it’s an interesting thought for me because I find that I often struggle with concentration.

I think I usually attribute the lack of concentration to things like lack of sleep.

But at the same time, it’s really weird because, on the other end of my personality, I’m super obsessive with things so I can have really intense focus on things.

I’m curious what truths I’ll find in this insight while working remotely.

And it’s a neat opportunity right now. All my sports have been shut down because of coronavirus, and I’ve been talking to a counsellor rather than a therapist recently. So I have lots of time and motivation for self-reflection right now.

Looking forward to what I can make out of the coming weeks of isolation.

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