Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Distraction is not that bad

We get distracted, miss opportunities and that’s not good. But not all distractions are bad.

”Some interruptions are worth having if they create a space for something to work in the fertile unconscious. Indeed, some distractions are more than useful; they might be more like realizations and can be as informative and multilayered as dreams. They might be where the excitement is.” (Habit Kureishi, “The Art of Distraction”, NYT, Feb 18th, 2012)

These distractions eventually lead to boredom and your mind find the time and space to wander.

We don’t need to embrace all distraction, but the right one. Distraction from boredom might be the key to unlock the solution you’re seeking for the challenges running through your mind.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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