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I guess that problem is even more rampant among techies, i.e. the obsessive need to be informed of the latest and greatest even though it serves no real purpose. Focusing in short bursts is something I’ve found that kind of helps if the reward itself is a peek at twitter or facebook. Other measures such as zero-sound and more coffee kind of help too. Will take a peek at the book! Thanks for the heads-up!
careful if you don’t concentrate it’s boring 🙂
I have to admit that the book opened my eyes on the fact I needed to
go offline much more often and just concentrate on a single task. I am
One reason I prefer a dedicated eReader to reading on a tablet or smartphone; there are no popups or sounds to distract. They are also techy enough that I don’t get as much of an urge to check other electronic gadgets like I would with a regular book.
I even find myself writing stuff on paper and then transcribing into the computer. Otherwise, I am too distracted and don’t get work done.
exactly how I feel, Shaine, I use my Kindle a lot too just because it
ONLY lets me read the f++++g book
Loic, I actually also read the book, was bored by it immensely yet understood exactly what the author was trying to get at. I’m in the camp of people who can’t concentrate for all too long and actually enjoy being able to do 100 things at once. Nevertheless, I kind of asked myself after reading the book whether we haven’t moved on as individuals. Is it wrong to do many things at once and fairly well at that? I sometimes feel that I need to multi-task just to keep up and if I didn’t, I would fall behind. Again, it’s a matter of priorities and if you aren’t able to concentrate and it’s a detriment then it’s obviously a problem which needs to be addressed. I feel though that I’ve managed to do fairly well multi-tasking and it doesn’t negatively effect my work. Hence, we have on one hand the lack of concentration as opposed to on the other hand a lot of finished work. The trick is to focus on keeping the quality high. If you want to counterbalance the thoughts in this book, I’d recommend reading “I Live in the Future and Here’s How It Works” by Nick Bilton. Just as boring a read but a counter-perspective to The Shallows.
Hey Paul, interesting that we got the same feeling reading it: boring
Great example for a great blog post. A little provocative, honest, making fun of yourself. Gives you food for thought.
Hello Loic, there is an interesting article about distractions in everyday life you should read.
hey Michel, thanks I really enjoyed, full of great ideas we all know
about but gathered in one post, very helpful.
Even on-line, you can concentrate : for instance on reading & processing each e-mail only once. See U next tweet.
We all (especially in tech fields) suffer from information overload and are compelled (obsessed?) to keep up at all times. In the past year or so I’ve been working on adjusting how I accomplish this and found the following useful (ymmv):
– Organization – in whatever way works for you. For me that’s folders in my RSS reader for prioritization, a white board in my office for weekly tasks/deliverables, tagging important links so I don’t have to dig around for them when I need one 3 weeks later.
– Defining pockets of time for certain tasks. For example, I set aside a half hour each morning to catch up on blog/news reading. While that doesn’t mean I don’t keep up during the day it does take some of the pressure off of checking my RSS reader every. ten. minutes.
– And since I believe that being a successful professional includes balancing it with the personal – committing to turning off email/text alerts on my phone when spending time with my family. For example, my fiance and I now have weekly “date nights” where we both commit to turning off notifications on our phones and just spending dedicated time together.
This is so true… and furthermore, so many studies show just how unproductive multitasking is. Sometimes I’m surprised I even graduated from college, given how addicted I became to twitter, facebook, and seesmic! my senior year. 🙂
Random thought related to a previous post (and somewhat to multi-tasking): I’d be willing to bet you’d beat your marathon time, and could even avoid running every day of the week, if you snuck in some pilates to your training… I know I’ve mentioned it on Twitter and am obsessed, but for good reason! Quite a few strong, marathon-running men train at my studio and have seen fantastic results. #justsaying. Come try!
Food for thought.
Happy New Year!!
pilates? that sounds boring!
Not at all!!! Check out http://www.dharmaspace.com. Try a privates lesson with Peter or Carolina. You’ll fall in love. I promise!
I am not a in a room sport kind of person, I like to go outside and far…
Fair enough… but keep it in mind for a rainy day! You’ll walk away feeling like you just got an amazing massage and a shot of espresso – concentrated, energized, relaxed…
http://www.military.com/military-fitness/running/lung-power (see last two paragraphs)
Voila! Enough online distractions… back to work… 🙂
I will have to try one day then!