Identifying Some of the Worst Online Time Wasters

There’s a real dichotomy when it comes to the internet. On the one hand, intelligently using the internet is one of the best ways to save time and work more efficiently. On the other hand, the internet is filled with the world’s most insidious time wasters that will eat up your whole day and all your attention without a moment’s notice. Here are some of the worst of the worst, and how to avoid them.

E-mail is probably the biggest time sink out there, especially because it often comes disguised as a productivity tool. While it’s necessary for most of us, that doesn’t mean it’s necessary to check 30 times a day. I’ve certainly been guilty of this at points in my life, so I’m not here to judge. The best way to handle e-mail is to establish a couple set times during the day when you check it. Instead of checking every fifteen minutes, and instead of having e-mail notifications on, work towards only checking your e-mail twice a day. This will save a lot of time, stress and attention, and will actually make you a better worker.

RSS feeds are also at the top of the list. It’s not uncommon for someone to have a feed that features at least a hundred different blogs and websites that they track. This is way too much information for anyone to digest. I feel there are only two ways to defeat this habit- either you set a certain number of sites you will subscribe to, no more than 10, or you simply do not have an RSS feed. I have never had a feed, I never want one, and I do just fine for myself.

Online chat also dominates a lot of time and attention. This is really แทงบอลออนไลน์ tricky, because it isn’t really any one site that you visit a number of times a day. Instead, chat is ever-present and can randomly distract or interrupt you with information that has nothing to do with what you are working on in the moment. Once again, the best way to deal with this is to either set aside specific times when you are accessible via chat, or to simply not use any chat programs. When you aren’t on chat, all the little emergencies that people chat you about magically disappear.

Online games are also massively addictive. These can range from anything like solitaire, to flash games, to games like Warcraft. These games are so addictive because they are designed to be time sinks. Flash games and traditional games like solitaire are designed to be played indefinitely, on repeat, without end. Games like Warcraft are designed to always have one more thing to do, always have one more progression to make, and thus are even worse then games with no end. Games like Warcraft have an ever retreating end that you can chase indefinitely. Unless you play these games socially at set times, it’s best to not even get involved.

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