Online Time and Productivity
Too much of a good thing?
Did you ever wake up with a social media hangover? You know the feeling that you get when you stayed up way too late, pinning, posting, liking, and sharing. What did those activities do to your productivity the next day? We all know how easy it is to get pulled in deeper and deeper, and what you thought would be a five minute quick “check-in” can turn into a several hour adventure and…and like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland you will find yourself chanting…I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!
It is easy to understand, that after a late night on your tablet, smart phone or laptop that you are going to feel sluggish, cranky and unmotivated. You might even feel guilty and somewhat angry with yourself for getting into this situation.
So what to do?
- Forgive yourself. You are not a bad person because you got carried away by social activities on the computer. We have all done it; we should just try to be more aware of the time we do spend. If you really need to get things done, this is just one of the obstacles that you will have to address, so forgive yourself and move on.
- Make a new decision. I will spend only (your answer here) time on my social media per day. Have a vision of how you will spend your on-line time, how long, and what time of day and on which activities. Include all your favorite games, social sites and online research and shopping sites. I am not saying you cannot use social sites or the internet. What I am suggesting is that you make a plan for what you will do. If you have all the time in the world, then no worries, but if you find you are not doing what you need to do accomplished, then you need to do something different, you need a plan.
Get some tools ready to help you. Try the Time timer®, the timer on your phone, and egg timer, an alarm clock, or whatever tool will alert you when the time you planned is up.
It is important to remember that our brains crave new and novel things. Some like to call it, “shiny object syndrome”, you see something new and you just have to look at it. The online experience feeds that need for something new very well, which makes it very hard if not impossible to turn away.
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I wish you a productive day!