Excellent article on the benefits of Social Media detox by Prof Cal Newport. Highly recommended read (and advice)!
Since January, I’ve been reading through the hundreds of reports that participants sent me about their experience with the digital declutter. I’ve been learning a lot from these case studies, but I want to focus here on one observation in particular that caught my attention: when freed from standard digital distractions, participants often overhauled their free time in massively positive ways.
The liberal side of the internet has a serious problem in the form of far too many websites that people mistake for actual news sites that use clickbait headlines and highly distorted articles to feed into the confirmation bias of their intended audience. And it works. Far too many people, including some of you I’m sure, are falling for it.
Stop what you’re doing.
Well, keep reading. Just stop everything else that you’re doing.
Mute your music. Turn off your television. Put down your sandwich and ignore that text message. While you’re at it, put your phone away entirely. (Unless you’re reading this on your phone. In which case, don’t. But the other rules still apply.)
Most employees are bombarded daily by information overload. Some feel like they simply cannot keep up with the amount of information coming at them.
Technology has become a burden – a bad distraction – for many employees because it generates more information than can realistically be processed in the time allotted. One study found the average knowledge worker spends about 20 hours a week processing emails.
This article introduces the micro skill of good distractions. Distraction refers to what a person consciously does in order to get a break from the demands of home and work. A good distraction creates a mental break that lets you charge your batteries.
Distraction and procrastination come in a variety of flavors. I’ve noticed that when I’m “distracted,” and I walk over and stare out the window, it’s a very different experience than when I feed the distraction by cramming in a few emails or make a phone call.
How often do you let your mind wander?
Information, the very thing that makes it possible to be an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, or any other kind of modern information worker, is threatening our ability to do our work. How’s that for irony? The global economy may run on countless streams, waves, and pools of information, but unrestrained, that tidal wave of data is drowning us. It washes away our productivity and creativity, swamps our social lives, and can even shipwreck our relationships.