Episode 592: Let’s Focus

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Zombie Cliche Lookout: Always Zombies

The world is absolutely filled with distractions, and they’re becoming easier and easier to fall into. Just try to get a little work done with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all calling out to you like modern day sirens. Of course, when we fall under the thumb of distraction, the worst that usually happens is that we become less productive, or miss out on something. That’s not good, of course, but it hardly holds a candle to what the victims of distraction face in the midst of a zombie outbreak. That’s right, lose focus for too long there, and you’re lunch for a pack of zombies.

This is why mindfulness and focus are so damn important when it comes to survival. Unfortunately, it’s also easier said than done, especially if you’re with a group of people. While having others around you is generally good for survival – there is strength in numbers, after all, people bring with them their own set of hazards. Interpersonal drama, for instance, could become a major issue. Get too wrapped up in a group argument, and you won’t even notice all the zombies closing in on you.

About this Episode:

Ted’s kids sure are into that toolbox. My idea here was that dad’s tools, and perhaps the basement as a whole, are generally off limits to Teddy and Kelly. They’re suddenly not only allowed down there, but are actually being encouraged to help, so naturally they’re overwhelmed with excitement. At least they will be until they’re reminded of all the zombies outside. That’s a real buzz kill.

Discussion Question: Distractions

I’m curious what kind of distractions tend to get to you guys? What sucks you in and causes you to lose focus?

The trap I usually fall into is wanting “background noise” while I work. I usually end up finding something on YouTube to play while I’m  working, and then I’ll gradually find myself paying more and more attention to that, and less to what I’m actually supposed to be doing.

14 thoughts on “Episode 592: Let’s Focus”

  1. No typos today, so far! 😀

    Another +1 for Dave!

    • Yay!

  2. There doesn’t seem to be a mouseover comment for today’s episod, just the number, I’d suggest something along the lines of “and rustle some food up for later, all this work will make me hungry!” 😀 Or something along those lines! 😉

    • Huh, I must have missed that somehow. I’ll add one in.

  3. (Best Beavis and Buthead laugh) heh…heh..hehehe…Teds got wood…heh…heh

    Sorry, it had to be done

    • Hah, nice. I can’t say I saw that one coming.

  4. Id have to say the internet. I am extremely distractible, always have been. Physical tasks aren’t so bad and I can usually stay focused, but put me on a purely mental job (especially one that involves a computer) and I will inevitable wander off down some track (How do you think I found BOTD?).

    • Hah, well I guess if it helped you find BotD, then distraction can’t be too bad.

  5. Good chapter. Perhaps you could put in a line in which Kelly or Teddy would say “Oh look! A *insert name of tool*” if you want to show how they are excited to play around with those tools.

    • Hah, that’s not a bad idea.

  6. I was just thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if Ted turns out to be a secretive hoarder and has a hidden entrance to a really large stash of food, that he doesn’t want anyone to know about? 😀 He seems like the kind of guy who would buy extra property adjacent to his just to get extra basement space to work with! 😉

    • That would be quite the stroke of luck. I love the idea of buying two houses in order to get access to twice the basement space.

  7. You should have used Timber not wood… http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-timber-and-wood

    • That’s a fair point. Good to know.