I’ve recently removed the incredible entertaining and addictive time suck Twitter from my life. And in the aftermath I found out the limiting the inputs into my life has really increased my productivity and focus.
But the big problem was that I was paying attention to Twitter too often when there was something much higher yield I should have been paying attention too — especially work I needed to get done.
The web itself — Techmeme alone — is a huge blackhole of distraction. It’s hard enough to stay focused when you work on the web.
But Twitter has turned distraction into an art form. It’s like hanging out at a bar with a bunch of interesting people (some of whom are talking on their cellphones) and forgetting that you have to go home. Which, when done in moderation, is a very GOOD thing. But it was too hard to moderate Twitter. With Twitterific, it was literally always on.
And so I decided that I needed to shut it off. (via mashable)
I don’t think Twitter was the cause of my being overly distracted it was just a symptom. I took some time off during the Thanksgiving weekend and evaluated my life in general and the outcome of that process was a renewed focus on what was going to be my goals for the upcoming year and I cut back on a lot of my Internet activity…so no more Pownce, Twitter, Facebook, Jaiku, Youtube and I unsubscribed to about 90% of the podcasts that I used to listen to.
Even when software lets us use our hours more productively, we simply expand the number of tools we use and the number of people we communicate with until we’re out of time again. Now, thanks to Twitter and Wal-Mart, there’s an endless supply of people to interact with and plastic objects to accumulate. Facebook is the candy bar of the 21st century—it tastes good because for millennia it was rare and necessary, not because in the modern day and age we actually need it. And, like sugar, it won’t go away no matter how much we fret about it. (via o’reilly radar)
When it comes to the Internet to much of a good thing can become a bad thing…
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