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Only Check Social Media at Designated Times

In her book Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age journalist Maggie Jackson describes how the explosion of the Internet and constant electronic connectedness are challenging our ability to think and function well in an increasingly complex world.

social media, procrastinationIn addition to making focused activities more challenging, paying attention to our regular workload often gets sabotaged by the lure of the Internet. Did I check Facebook since I posted the picture of me procrastinating?

If Twitter and such keep you from doing important work or enjoying the company of others, only allow yourself to check them once or twice a day. Sign out after each visit and disable any email notifications! Being reminded of new posts will make it much harder to stay off the sites.