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Just In! The Internet Could be Killing Your Productivity

April 12th, 2018

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Tina Arnoldi, a licensed professional counselor and a former technology director with a focus on the impact of the internet on mental health, reports that the more we use the web, the more we train our brains to be distracted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what?

Constant surfing and the intake of bite-sized information changes the way we think.  The internet is a “firehose of information” but we can only transfer a small part of it to our long-term memory.  The constant drip, drip, drip of information causes our brains to accept constant distractions as normal.  As a result, we have difficulty engaging in genuine deep work. Bouncing from task to task becomes the norm and there is less time for reflection, concentration and innovation.

What to do?

  1. Set aside a limited time to surf for business-related purposes. Don’t exceed it!
  2. Avoid personal surfing while at work. Save Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. for after work.
  3. When you do use the internet at work ask yourself:
  • Why am I surfing these sites?
  • What do I hope to get from it?
  • What am I avoiding right now?
  • How do I feel about what I’m reading online?
  • What’s the expected outcome?
  • How is it helping me be more valuable/productive/effective?
  • What is not getting done while I’m spending time online?
  • What message am I sending to my teammates?

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