3 Ways to Use the Internet In a Productive Way

Posted: November 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

Sometimes social media and smartphones and the
“always on” mentality of the Information Age can feel
overwhelming. Do you ever get time to think anymore,
or are you just jumping constantly from one digital task
to another?
Digital tools and the Internet were supposed to make
us more productive and efficient, but sometimes it
feels like they’re just making us more stressed out.
Here are a few key concepts for how to make sure
you’re using the Internet the “right” way, improve
motivation and productivity while avoiding distractions.
With a good plan in place, you can make sure to get
the good aspects of the Internet, but without the
clutter and energy-draining aspects.
1. Monitor your
information diet
Everyone is a consumer – of products, services, food,
and experiences, and on the Internet we are non-stop
consumers of information. But just like some food is
unhealthy for us, consuming too much of the wrong
information can be unhealthy for our emotional state as
well. Are you purposeful in your Internet browsing, or
are you just wasting time by mindlessly clicking
around? Are you using the web’s vast resources to get
better informed about your industry, or are you just
consuming too many depressing news stories? Is the
Internet helping you feel smarter and calmer, or just
more stressed and irate? With these ideas in mind,
maybe it’s time for you to go on an information diet.
Pay attention to how much time you spend online and
what you’re reading and which media you’re
consuming. Is it making you feel better, or worse?
Sometimes our moods are affected by the ideas we
choose to bring into our minds – is the Internet helping
or hurting you?
2. Curate content from key
sources
There is too much information online – and every day,
more gets added to the pile. We have the whole sum
of human knowledge at our fingertips, but it often
seems like a gushing firehose instead of a refreshing
stream. One way to make sure the Internet is serving
your interests well is to rely on other people to
“curate” content and information for you. Twitter is
very helpful for this. I try to follow some of the top
experts on Twitter in my industry and fields of interest
– and then I “listen” to their daily Twitter updates to
get breaking news and information that is useful for
me. Instead of feeling like I have to plunge into the
deep waters of the Internet, I can rely on other people
to filter out the top stories and put them in front of me
on Twitter. It helps to filter and curate content to avoid
getting overwhelmed and overstimulated by too much
information at once.
3. Use self control
Do you tend to waste time on certain websites (like
Facebook)? Would you be more productive if you could
just block yourself from visiting those sites during work
hours? If you struggle to stay focused at work ( and who
doesn’t in this day and age? ) there is an app for Mac
users that is literally called “Self-Control” that might be
useful. With the Self Control app, you can block
yourself from visiting a “blacklist” of websites of your
choice for a pre-specified length of time – 15 minutes
or 1 hour or 3 hours or more. Get work done by
avoiding online distractions! Another option is a similar
app called Freedom that works for Windows, Android
and Apple devices – and Freedom lets you shut down
certain sites and apps, or lets you block yourself from
accessing the entire Internet if needed.
For the most part, the Information Age is a great time
to be alive – we have awesome digital tools and
access to all the information we need to be productive
and build business relationships. But the challenge is,
sometimes we need to take a break, manage our
emotional state , and avoid distractions at the most
crucial times. With some careful planning, there are
many ways to be more productive and stay motivated
and focused while working online – without the
downsides of “information overload.”
What ways do you use the internet in a
productive way?

posted by Hari Krish

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