It's just a matter of keeping them under control.
Not all distractions are created equal.
Distractions come on a sliding scale which ranges from 'waste of time' to ‘eureka'.
The trick is honing your ability to recognize a good distraction.
This requires patience, an ability to just let yourself go with it, an open mind & knowing when to stop!
Being distracted by a YouTube video about arm knitting is not particularly useful to me.
Being distracted by a link below it to another YouTube video showing how to teach your kids to draw their hands in 3D, at first glance, can seem of little value to a person who a) mostly doesn't draw & b) mostly knits or crochets but I watched it anyway & was so completely fascinated by it that I used the technique to draw my own hand whilst waiting for my tea to brew. . . .
I noticed a couple of things
I have knobbly knuckles
I have a very square hand
I have also, lately, been distracted by 2 worthwhile projects.
How do you feel about distractions?