You get the picture. And before long, the day has dwindled away and neither you nor I have accomplished the very tasks we actually planned to attend to. It’s essentially crazy making. It truly is Internet induced attention deficit disorder. Granted, our attention is constantly being lured, seduced, pulled, and yanked whether we’re on line or off. But the temptation is multiplied exponentially when we’re on line. Keeping your eye on the prize – on your priorities – is tested virtually second by second.
Second, set a specific time of day when you’ll do things like check e-mail, listen to phone messages, and read your snail mail. Third, set a time limit for how long you’ll read e-mails and how long you’ll allow yourself to wander the net. Set your alarm or schedule alerts so you know when to stop. And fourth – stop when the alarm or alert sounds. No cheating.
Time is one of the basic foundations of our lives. Existentially speaking, we never know how much of it we’ve got left, so focus on what matters most – your priorities.
Please share your thoughts and comments below. What helps you stay focused in a distracting world?