Readiness Skill Number #5 Distraction Management
Managing Distractions is a necessary skill. Children must possess this the ability to block out distractions, before we put then on devices. If they can’t manage the natural distractions in their world, they will be a mess on a device. The devices are engineered to be distracting and to gain our constant attention in ways that serve the creators not the users. Neuroscientists have proven that it is impossible to effectively multi-task. Each interruption causes more errors, results in less information retention, exhausts the brain, and makes it harder to concentrate. To assure our children’s success, they need to be aware that they are ineffective if they try to do more than one thing at a time. This requires they possess the skill of being focused on completing one task, while blocking out other detractors.
I love the convenience of typing on a device. I would not go back to a manual type writer, nor would I trade my device for an electric typewriter. However, I was much more efficient in gathering my ideas and recording them when I didn’t have all the distractions popping up on my computer. I block them, but they still show up somehow. I don’t have the time nor the expertise to stop them, nor do I have the desire to spend the time finding out how to do it. As soon as I learn how to stop one interruption, there is another to take its place. So, I had to learn how to ignore them. Believe me, it wasn’t easy. Funny enough, the more I ignored them, the less I got. My analytics are telling the advertisers I am a waste of their time and money, so they prefer to reach those who are better targets. Knowing how to manage distractions will allow your children to make the maximum use of their devices.