‘Distractions like butterflies a buzzin’ round my head’ – when staying focused isn’t always best

The mind is a mess of distractions. ‘Distractions, like butterflies a buzzin’ round my head’ sang Paul McCartney in one of his lesser known, but perfectly crafted songs on his 1980s LP Flowers in the Dirt. The mind has always been a web of distractions, but things today are slightly worse than when McCartney sang about the ‘postman at the door, while the telephone rings on the kitchen wall.”

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