Are you letting digital devices overwhelm you and eat away at your ability to focus and concentrate? Is technology really saving you time and energy —like it’s supposed to do —or is it running rampant, creating unnecessary work?
Most of us are bombarded by messages, texts, alerts, and buzzed throughout the day with rings, chirps, and dings, making it difficult to concentrate on crucial information. With the slightest urge to procrastinate, we’re never more than a click away from diversion.
This 24/7 connected culture is taking its toll professionally as well as personally. We waste time, attention, and energy on extraneous information and interactions, staying busy but producing little of real value.
The Information Overload Research Group estimates that knowledge workers in the US waste 25% of their time dealing with too much information, costing the economy $997 billion annually.
Smart, productive people know they must manage their devices and data, or else information streams will drown them.
This article explores digital distractions, information overload, multi-tasking and recommends tools and techniques to get back in the driver’s seat to win the attention wars.
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- Digital Addiction or Anxiety?
- Human Brains and Multitasking
- Smart Use of Tech Tools
- Managing Social Media
- The War for Attention
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Article by Patsi Krakoff, Psy.D.
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