Bob Walsh of 47Hats.com tells us to stop stealing:
But I know youâ€™re stealing – and so do your friends, your coworkers, the girl youâ€™re trying to impress. We all know.
What youâ€™re stealing is time from yourself.
You grab a few minutes here, a web site there, pop an IM with a friend, check out a cool new and shiny thing online and you donâ€™t even remember doing it 10 minutes later. When you do things that hurt yourself and you canâ€™t remember doing them, you need help.
I’ve made a super conscious effort to remain as productive as I can and this week, it’s come out in the form of finishing off a heap of blog post drafts I’ve been neglecting, finally sorting out the AdSense stuff I meant to do ages ago, getting my Paypal account in order, re-writing another chapter of the book I’m reprinting in the new year and tomorrow I’m going to de-procrastinate on two important things I’ve put off too long (one of them being to get new tyres on the car).
I think it is important, however, when you’re comfortable with the new social media networks like FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter, that you use them to your benefit. It’s important to realise that a lot of data which flows through these networks is just like a river. You walk up to a river and appreciate the beauty of the water flowing but you don’t lament the water which flowed yesterday and you’re not concerned about missing the water which will flow tomorrow. That’s what Twitter and these other networks should be – it’s about the present – and not about what you missed and what is yet to come (and highlights the utter stupidity of using an @message to pass important information).
He follows up with “5 Strategies to stop stealing time from yourself”. There’s no secrets here. It’s why apps like WriteRoom did so well – people know they need to remove distractions to get things done – (which is why I sequestered myself in a side office the other day and why I spent today away from the office. I needed to think and didn’t want to get involved in the day to day banter and allow myself to get distracted.