From the Personal Branding Blog
There’s an irony to digital connectivity. On one hand, we need our phones and internet connection to work and remain productive.
On the other, repeated studies have shown that continued digital access impairs our focus, promotes procrastination, damages memory, increases anxiety and hinders ability to complete complex tasks.
In essence, what was meant to increase our job success potential and learning acumen has the potential to diminish the odds for career success.
Below, our digital marketing recruitment team gives some tips on how to once again make digital connectivity a friend rather than foe.
Since “Turning Off” is Not an Option
Since turning digital access off entirely is not an option, it’s imperative we learn how to increase efficiency and redeem our focus despite our necessity for web access.
The ultimate goal is to be able voluntarily to control our attention to the extent that we can direct it where we wish and hold it steadily until our aim is accomplished. Without this skill, your job performance won’t be to “snuff” nor will your career.
– Learn to control your body. When we control our body movements, we control our mind and are able to consciously think about the habits we are forming.
Because overuse of digital content is an addiction and thus can make us irritable, lower self-self esteem and diminish thought process, quitting recreational digital usage may be a good idea.
– Avoid procrastination at all costs. Researchers estimate that roughly 15% of American workers can be classified as chronic procrastinators. The problem is that in the digital world, procrastination quickly builds upon itself.
For instance, we reach for digital distractions when nervous or overwhelmed. Because these feelings are multiplied when we procrastinate, it’s imperative to get back in the habit of finishing what you start and jumping in and beginning the projects you need to complete.
Once you get started, it is easier to continue, focus and, ultimately finish the job.
– When you need to focus, create a controlled work environment. The more easily distracted you are, the more you have to be rigid in creating a work atmosphere that is distraction free.
– Block access for a bit. Enforced periods of no email or internet allow us to sustain concentration. If you need to work on the computer, close or hide all other windows.
In the End
Anything great in our careers takes concentration and anything that ruins it can prove highly detrimental to our ability to achieve.