Unplugging Myself From the Computer is Working

January 10, 2012

in Lessons in Life

If you read Malcolm Gladwelll’s The Tipping Point, then you’ll understand that I am a bit of a maven (actually I’m a bit of all three  personality types he references) in that I like to gather as much information as possible to become informed.

The challenge with this is today, information is readily available and lots of it, both factual and real-time current noise from social media, current events and news.

I think we’re all struggling to keep up with the latest and it’s easy to become addicted to your computer without realizing it. Soon you find your hours slipping by -hours which should be spent on productive work- as you mess around on Facebook and Twitter (and in my case Youtube – I watch lots of music videos on there).

The problem with being addicted to information is that it takes over your life in that you’re always checking your Facebook or your email to see if you got an email you can respond to or if there is any entertaining surprise online. Our brains are huge chemical factories, we like the endorphins that it produces when we are surprised.

I’ve made the decision to start cutting back and managing my time better as I get deeper into the next phase of the development of my marketing company. Simply because I’m much more productive if I focus on the task at hand without distractions.

I’m unplugging myself from the computer for a few hours a day.

Tim Ferris, author of the 4-Hour Workweek, cited how he checks his email once a day for an hour (sometimes going for days without checking) so he can live a more productive life. Steve Pavlina says the same thing. We don’t have to get to every email right away and there’s no reason why you can’t limit your email responding to certain blocks of the day.

The main benefit from this is the time I spend off the computer, I’m spending writing in my notepad or meditating/thinking about the next thing to do. These have proven to be very useful by many people as writing with pen on paper activates your subconscious mind and the most successful CEO’s of large mega-rich and successful companies spend on average 33% of their time per week with their feet on their desk thinking. Or day dreaming/dream casting.

For me, it also allows me to come back to real life and take care of what’s important in life (will start getting back in shape soon). I spent too much time on the computer (albeit, necessarily so for research and business, but less needed for time-wasting), time which I’ll use to focus on improving myself.

Thus is the year 2012.

Ronald Lee

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