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Are Digital Devices Paralyzing Your Productivity?

By Patrick Larkin — June 11, 2016 1 min read
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Back in January, I wrote a bit about “infomania,” the state in which an individual is so obsessed with the flow of information from technological devices that their ability to focus on routine tasks is greatly inhibited. We all need to be aware of the power of the constant stream of information coming through technological devices. In many cases, today’s technologically-focused individuals have no idea just how inefficient they have become due to the unhealthy hold that their devices have on their attention.

The inspiration for my earlier post (and this one) is the Infomagical Project developed by the folks at Note to Self, a great podcast that looks at the impact technology plays in our lives. The Infomagical project proposes daily challenges for people to recover some balance in their lives and reduce their preoccupation with technology.

As we head into summer, it is a great time to revisit this topic and renew our commitment to finding a sense of equilibrium in this endless battle against the flow of digital information and stay present and productive in our personal and professional lives. Thankfully, this week’s Note to Self podcast highlights the most important challenge from the one-week project back in January with its Infomagical Boot Camp focused on single tasking.

I challenge you all to focus for 20 minutes on this week’s 20-minute podcast and think about the role technology plays in your life. Is it a healthy balance or are you jumping from one task to another without completing anything you started? Maybe some of you didn’t get this far down in this post without interruptions due to email alerts or social media updates...

Good luck with the single-task challenge!

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