Open Thread: Distractions

(by chris the cynic)

What is guaranteed to make you forget what you were doing and

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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4 thoughts on “Open Thread: Distractions

  1. christhecynic June 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    “Is X even possible?” questions will stop me dead in my tracks.

    Especially things where, given world enough and time, I could build the thing if it is indeed possible. At this particular moment I have stringed musical instruments on my mind, but at various times it’s been various things.

    Also wanting to look up some inconsequential fact or quotation. I’ll think, “I should check that,” and hours will pass as I search for wherever I learned it to make sure I get it just right even though whatever I was don’t wouldn’t be noticeably harmed by omitting the thing entirely.

  2. Silver Adept June 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    If something else appears that has to be done or should be done. If it takes long enough, unless I’m deliberately trying to remember what I did before, I will forget it.

    Being short with me about what I was supposed to do before you distracted me is a surefire way to earn my ire.

  3. Firedrake June 4, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Over-research. Yeah, I need to know that it takes about three days to cross the USA by train in 1942. I don’t need the full timetable when the point is what happens when the heroes get there.

    Looking on the brightish side, when I have a deadline for project A I get much more productive on B, C and D.

  4. lonespark42 June 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Hmmm…
    I am easily distractible… The internet in general, and in particular replies to my comments/messages. Or just new stuff, like when Facebook alerts you about ALL THE THINGS (I should probably change that setting…)

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