When Eliminating Distractions Is A Bad Thing

Michelle Mac
4 min readFeb 15, 2023
The Isolator

This is “The Isolator”, an anti-distraction device created in 1925. It was designed to allow users to “concentrate with ease upon the subject at hand” by making it “almost impossible to see anything except a sheet of paper in front of the wearer”.

Sometimes I feel like this is how I’m living my life. Only focused on the task at hand and always eliminating any potential distractions.

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Michelle Mac

The *heavily edited* ramblings of a technical writer & frontend dev. I write about creativity, design, and productivity. Start here: https://heymichellemac.com/