Wasting Time

Wasting Time: Why do we waste our time doing stupid things online? The definition of addictive behavior is, “compulsively engaging in behavior for a rewarding stimulus despite adverse consequences”. So, when you’re working online and get an urgent feeling that you have to know the nightly routines of successful women or feel an urgency to see what’s trending on Twitter, you ‘re exhibiting an addictive behavior.

 

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But, online distractions are more than addictive  wasting time killers; they’re negatively affecting out concentration and focus. According to Nicolas Carr of the Atlantic article, Is Google Making Us Stupid?

[social_quote duplicate=”no” align=”default”]Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory.I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do.theatlantic.com[/social_quote]

The Internet is a global channel of immediate information. The websites we visit on a daily basis fuel our thoughts and daily conversations. In an instant we can catch up what’s trending in the news, business, lifestyle, health, entertainment, social media, tips, and resources. But is our thought processing more proficient now than back in Flintstone days when we had to search books for knowledge? 

 

Wasting Time: Stop Doing Stupid Stuff Online

These tips can help you stop wasting time and add more hours to your day.

  • Multitasking:  Multitasking might make you feel more productive, but only 2 percent of the population can multitask successfully. If you fall within the 98 percent, focus on just one task for a set period of time .
  • Mobile Alerts: Smartphones are great tools to help keep us connected, but let’s face it: every ping, ding, whistle and beep distracts from the work at hand.Turn off your phone alerts and train yourself to respond to email and texts at certain times of the day.
  • Email:  According to a survey in 2007, Microsoft workers spent almost 10 minutes responding to an email after receiving an alert. It then took another 15 minutes to get back to work.
    The Internet You need site-blocking tools that still let you visit, but only for a certain length of time.  Examples include StayFocused (Chrome browser app), SelfControl (for Mac) and SelfRestraint (for Windows). Read more

 

Wasting Time

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By | 2017-07-06T11:29:27+00:00 |Categories: Blog, Mental Health, Tips And Resources|
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