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Hey, this is is Laura Roeder. So I’m just finishing up a little vacation that I just took. I called it a techcation, because I was here at home, but I decided to take some time away from Twitter, from social media, and really limit my computer use. I’m going to check email once a day because usually I’m on the computer all day long. And I really wanted to break that addiction, to break that habit not be on the computer all day or when I am on the computer, be more productive.
It was a really interesting week. It was a really fun week, and I definitely learned some things about productivity. And I would consider myself someone whose productivity was pretty high to start with. I usually don’t have a huge problem like getting things done and getting myself motivated, but it can definitely be much better and definitely have a big room for improvement. And what I learned during my week away is that for me, the computer is the biggest time stack. I mean, for some people, it might be video games, or for some people, it might be TV. But for me, it’s really just browsing the Web, reading people’s blogs, things like that.
So I learned that when I’m not sure what to do next or what I should be doing, I need to close down the computer and I need to step away and decide what I’m going to do next even if it just takes me like 30 seconds to decide what I want to do with the rest of my day. Because what I was doing before is, you know, I would have my little to-do-list, do something on the list and then I think, “Which here on the list do I feel like doing next? Maybe I feel like going to the grocery store now. I don’t know.”
So, I would sit around and maybe check a blog or something like that or maybe get on Twitter, and, you know, an hour passes before I get anything done, because the computer, the Web really sucks me in.
So for me, whenever I’m not sure what I’m doing next, I need to physically step away from being on the computer and I imagine the odds are really good and that’s true for you as well. Now, it doesn’t mean that you can never read Twitter or you can never read blogs. All that stuff is actually an important part of my job and something that I’m going to continue to do just because I like to and I think it’s fun. But it’s all about being conscious of that time deciding I’m going to read blogs for half an hour now, I’m going to get on Twitter for 10 minutes now, being conscious of that instead of just sort of meandering in and out of productive and unproductive work all day.
So if you find that you’re addicted to Twitter or you’re addicted to email or whatever it is, I really recommend that you take a step back. And it doesn’t – you know, for me, I wasn’t going to just give up my work for a week, so I still checked email, I still got on the computer. I just cut the time way, way back. So it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing, and I really recommend that you give it a try.
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