One of my Twitter friends linked to this article yesterday morning. I love the image that was used. The name of this photo is "noisy". The moment I saw it, I thought - that's a perfect visual interpretation of what I feel my brain looks like lately - before I even read the piece.
I saved the link to read later since I was trying to get to work earlier (one of my new goals). So this morning, I got around to reading it and this was just awesome... like God giving me one more little nudge in the right direction through this total stranger I'd never even heard of 24 hours ago:
How NOT to Get Sucked Into Buzz/Twitter/Facebook
Ask yourself this question CONSTANTLY: where can I add the most value to what matters most to me and the people who care about me?
I love spending time on Twitter and getting to know people. I do a few hours a day inside Twitter, but for every bit of time I spend just talking back and forth with people to prove I’m human and that I care, I’m also collecting information for work, for clients, for story ideas, and more. When I feel like I’m just chatting for chatting sake, I ask myself, “where can I add the most value to what matters most to me and the people who care about me?” The answer is rarely, “by chatting about plane delays.”
If that doesn’t work, use a timer. I have a very simple egg timer software application for my Mac. I set it often. Want the real one? Go to a kitchen store (do they have those any more?) and buy a green pepper egg timer or a cat-shaped one. Whatever. Simple, and yet it works. Allot yourself time.
Budget. Set an attention budget.
I've actually thought about the egg timer idea before, but haven't gotten around to implementing it. I think I'll try that, along with asking the question "Where can I add the most value to what matters most to me and the people who care about me?" (or something to that effect.)
What do you think? Do you have an attention budget? Or are you like I have been, just randomly flitting from one mindless thing to the next without realizing how much time it's consuming? (hello, Facebook, I'm looking at you!)