“ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination.” –U.S. National Library of Medicine
Did that get your attention? I expected it to.
I could end this post with the title and that short definition and many of us would think “Oh crap, I totally suffer from online ADHD!”. How many times have you been sitting at your desk (at work) and quickly switched tabs as a co-worker passed by? Switching tabs back to that “productive” page you had sitting in the background since you were REALLY on ebay, or Facebook!
Inattentiveness? Guilty! Over-Activity? Oh yea! Impulsivity? With the click of a mouse!
One of my great childhood friends and business partner today in many business ventures, Juan P. Rojas recently sent his sales team at JPR International Realty an email talking about this problem and offering a pretty awesome solution. With his permission, below you’ll read his email:
You know how sometimes you sit down at your computer to “work” and before you know it, you’re browsing the entertainment section of MSN reading about how Angelina & Lady Gaga got into a fight?
Without you realizing it you just spent 40 minutes catching up on all the latest gossip and you even realized that Beyonce just had a baby girl names Blue Ivy!
This is the easiest way to end up working until 1am instead of focusing on doing the PRODUCTIVE work…
Check out Rescue Time
It sits quietly in the background of your computer, but keeps track of how much time you spend on each website and application.
Spending 93 minutes catching up on the latest news, sports & gossip on a Tuesday at 2:30pm won’t help us make money.
Remember, time is money and yours (and mine) is limited to 24 hours/day so let’s use it wisely!
You can do it!!
We’ve all done it. We all like to feel like the more productive ones. “Obvious breaks from work can create feelings of guilt when 15 minutes of shopping on the web does not.” –rescuetime.com
According to Facebook, in 2011 they had 500 million active users. Those users spend… are you ready? Over 700 billion (with a B) minutes per month on Facebook! That’s only like eleven billion six hundred sixty-six million six hundred sixty-six thousand, six hundred sixty-seven hours.
Don’t get me wrong, Facebook and some other great sites have changed the way we all do business. It’s changed the way we talk to friends and stay in touch, the way we market ourselves and I’m not saying any of it is a bad thing. I AM saying however, that we need to be able to distinguish when it’s time to work and when it’s time to play.
Check out rescuetime.com and no, we have NO affiliation to the site. Juan came across the site and him and his team have found it to be pretty awesome, so we thought sharing it would be a benefit to you. I’ve added one of rescuetime’s videos below.
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