Distraction is dissatisfaction

Matthew Evans

In the past month I have been distracted from the things I would like to be doing at work. It is immensely frustrating. I have been drawn to things that really need my full attention, and so I have focused almost entirely on these matters. The result is a deep sense of dissatisfaction and even anxiety.

Our satisfaction at work is dependent on what we attend to. Given agency to choose where to commit our energy we select the tasks that seem worthwhile and productive. If we are lucky, the tasks which others require of us are also meaningful. But when we are required to turn our attention towards work which we see as a distraction from our core purpose, satisfaction falls away.

I think distraction might be at the root of the workload and stress problems we see in schools. Teachers just want to teach. When they are distracted…

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