Chris Brogan on the New Attention Deficit Exit the inbox, turn off the screen and silence the ringer. Machines are robbing you of your ability to focus.
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TV viewing is down. You'd think behavioral types would be cheering, but they know better. We dumped all that time into other screens: our phones and our laptops, mostly. We're giving ourselves a new version of attention-deficit disorder, one of our own device.
A lot of this is stuff we fell into by habit. Here are some ways to balance.
Schedule your correspondence. We read e-mail as a steady drip throughout the day. Stop. Pick two or three 30-minute windows. Also do this: