Turns out net terminal machine has very little RAM and only one measly serial bus... so natch, there's quite a bit of thrashing going on.
All throughout school, high school, college, University... I never had a problem focusing. I also read a lot. (I was also considerably less stressed than I have been for the last year or so, but I'm going to take stress out of the equation and focus on... well, the issue of focus).
I could go for hours staring at one piddly little thing, doing something over and over again until I got it right. I would buy tons of books and get through them. So many topics held my interest and I really believed there was something new out there to learn, especially from books. I wasn't glued to the internet. I had a telly and I watched it. I went to movies. I went out and did things and dined out and went dancing. In short, the mindbody had a reasonably diverse range of activities to partake in, with reasonable amounts of time to spent on each. Any mental tasks invoked by these activities were also well-proportioned in terms of time and variety. Lastly, although I was always somewhat of a late-waking night owl, I still generally went to bed at a reasonable time and got OK sleep.
Contrast to now:
As a result of these developments, and because I have the triple curses of:
...it doesn't take much for me to hit a wall of dense, indecisive, absent-minded fog.
So, I have decided, ESPECIALLY after reading a review on research papers to date (on the topic of the net, tech and social media monkeying with our brains) that I should really pay attention to how I spend my time. Specifically, how I spend my compute time. (And, I have lost the damn link to the research. It was off a google phone SERP... can't seem to retrace my steps. Oh well... Sorry).
I've decided to try and mitigate these effects as follows:
It may not have escaped the astute amongst you that such things as meditation and yoga are rather glaringly missing. To which I say, give me a break OK? One step at a kottam time. To be revisted...
I've tried a mild adjustment for 48 to 36 hours now and my head is already better. Definitely something to keep up. The next battle seems to be forcing myself to take a break instead of OCD'ing until I finish something.
I'll report back more as time goes on, with data, if I can.
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