Do you ever get to the end of the day and wonder what you’ve done? Wonder how you’ve managed to lose all those hours and achieve so little? The problem is there are so many distractions, but today I want to talk about one in particular.
First you’ll feel a gentle pull, something that draws your attention, then as you get closer the gravitational field becomes so intense that you’re sucked in. The black hole I’m talking about is the internet. It seems to be the single biggest distraction my clients tell me they have. With its promise of instant access, of connecting you to anyone anywhere in the world it can be so seductive. And once you’re in surfing, ducking and diving jumping from one website to another time gets warped. Hours feel like minutes, this is not a figment of your imagination, this is what happens inside a black hole.
Planning your escape
They say that nothing (no matter, radiation and certainly no body) can escape a black hole because its gravitational field is so intense. But I’ve discovered a way out, a way back which works for me and it might for you too.
The thing is you have to plan your escape before you get drawn in.
Here are the 3 questions I ask myself nowadays before I go surfing;
Q1. What’s the purpose of my time on the internet in this session?
Q2. What specifically do I want to get from this session?
Q3. How much time do I want to spend on this session?
Then I time myself. When my time is up, I exit.
My escape plan works whether the distraction is Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, websites, you name it, anything on the web, heck, it even works for non-web related distractions.
Have a go
This is such a common problem that anything you do to try to reduce wasting time on the internet will help. Try my plan of action and let me know how you got on, or if you’ve got something that works for you please share it in the comments box below.