Focus on Goals, Not Distractions

One of the biggest challenges I face in being productive each day is the dizzying array of distractions that exist on the computer or on my phone. We live in interesting times given just how many distractions are seconds from our eyeballs at any point.

This can easily eat into your productivity if you aren’t careful. Even though I actively work on avoiding these distractions, they can still sap at least an hour from my day.

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Productivity is Broken

Over the past ten years or so, economists have been pondering a question: if the internet is so transformative to how we live and how we work, then why aren’t we becoming more productive and growing the economy more quickly than we have been?

This has been the subject of recent economic research. For full context, here’s the trend that we’ve seen since 1950, courtesy of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

source: tradingeconomics.com

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