I’m quitting both Twitter and Facebook starting today. Last night I was reading the book, Attention! This Book Will Make You Money by Jim Kukral which I got last month at ShareASale ThinkTank and I was enlightened. To be honest I was expecting this book to be a waste of time (mainly because I figured it would be geared more towards Internet newbies wanting to learn how to make monies online).
He had a section called Be Productive or Perish. It’s definitely not any ground breaking info but it definitely got me thinking about my own productivity lately. Basically he talked about learning how to be more productive and get rid of distractions that take time away from what you should be doing.
Maybe I have slight A.D.D. when I’m online, but I get distracted very easily. I generally have Tweetdeck (my desktop Twitter client), Facebook, Meebo (for instant messaging), Skype, and both my email accounts open at all times. So when I try to work, I’m constantly being interrupted.
Some advice Jim gave was to set a goal. For example if you’re working on a writing content for a site, give yourself a deadline to have it done in 2 hours. During those two hours, that’s all you work on. All your distractions are turned off, no matter if that means your email is shut down, Twitter and Facebook are not aloud on your computer, phone is off, TV is definitely off, and you can focus completely on the task at hand.
This is tough for me because I would much rather be checking my fantasy football team, or watching a funny video someone sent, but my productivity has been fairly poor recently.
So this week I’m trying things a little different than normal. I’m turning off Tweetdeck and Facebook. I’ll allow myself to check in at a few set times throughout the day (as I do feel they are both valuable as business tools), but for the majority of the day I won’t have them open.
Goodbye Twitter and Facebook distractions and hello productivity.
It’s time to get work done.
What are the things you are allowing yourself to be distracted by and what can you do to eliminate them so you can work harder?