After reading Nicholas Carr's "The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains", I began experimenting with managing my own attention and productivity by severely limiting my social media time and my online content consumption.
I can't say I'm always successful - sometimes I have to purposely disconnect WiFi so I don't go online - but when I am, my focus and my productivity is four or five times better. I get more work done, I'm concentrated, I can work for hours without losing the focus and I get great results. Whenever I keep checking facts online, have a"quick break" on Facebook or consume online content, my day becomes jumbled and messed up, I waste time, get distracted, and get a lot less done.
Carr makes the case that while reading books promotes deep focus and thinking, endlessly scrolling multimedia on the internet and social media pages does the exact opposite, scattering our attention and training our brains to jump from one distraction to another.
So every morning, I now try to make a list on a paper pad (the pleasure of physical writing!) and methodically go through each task, allotting myself one hour online and half an hour on social media. Ideally, I'd love to reduce my online time even more - but I'm already making great progress.
Do you feel your attention span is affected by being online? How do you manage time wasting and productivity?