In the first of a series of short reflections, author Paul Levy looks at how to reduce distraction and raise the quality of our thinking. Distraction can be a significant degrader of the quality of our thinking if it takes the form of ongoing distraction, from moment to moment. Digital distraction is a major example. Occasional distraction and actively seeking distraction can be a boon to our thinking. It is a negative influencer on our thinking when it is ceaseless and even causes by other people and organisations, outside of our control and even awareness.