The Internet is a wonderful place and we are living in an unprecedented time of virtual growth.
Yet consider your online habits. I have considered mine, in the cold light of reality, and have realised that – whilst I adore the Internet – it can be like a vacuum cleaner and SUCK AWAY our productivity but most of all our focus.
Consider how you might go online with the specific purpose of doing a couple of things and find yourself still logged on, an hour and a half later – now shiny and bleary eyed and completely distracted from your original task.
This, my friends (and I include myself in this audience too) is a sobering reality. When we examine our Internet habits with the perspective of objectivity, personal growth and goal accomplishment sometimes we find we have been tricked. Lured by online productivity, by fanciful ideas, by intriguing news stories and Facebook photos that an amicable but detached acquaintance has posted.
Be aware that this global but useful monster which helps us “keep in touch” can actually rob us of the thing we’ve worked so hard for our whole lives: focus. Concentration.
And sometimes we need less of “keeping in touch” and more antisocial, introverted “work time.”
The Internet is like money. It makes a terrible god but a good servant. Use it to serve you, not vice versa.