Disconnect to Increase Productivity

So today, I decided to get away from home, and not go somewhere with Internet access. I didn’t want wi-fi. I didn’t want instant messaging. I opened all the reference material and wrote down a dozen ideas for articles before I left, and then went to the local mall and sat in the noisy, busy, uncomfortable food court.

I didn’t have access to the Internet, and I got more work done. Why is that?

Once I got to the food court, set up my laptop, and began writing, I realized. While it is noisy, there are no distractions. I don’t have a phone, no instant messages, no e-mail and no gaming consoles.

While it is uncomfortable, I know that the more work I get done, the sooner I can leave, and go back home to the comfort of my office.

While my battery ticks away, I know I am in a race against time, and so every bit of my attention, and energy is being poured into creating great content, organizing my thoughts, and ideas, and really getting some work done.

It feels great to disconnect, and just work without distraction. Highly recommended for a blogger having productivity issues.

5 thoughts on “Disconnect to Increase Productivity

  1. Wayne Liew

    When you get online, you will be busy too but not writing and brainstorming for post ideas. You will instead, busy stumbling around with social medias, replying e-mails and instant messaging.

    However, a simple laptop without much applications can help to take away distractions such as games and some simple time-spending applications.

  2. WTL

    I’m glad it worked out well for you, David. I’ve been sneaking out of the house quite a bit this week and getting *lots* done, so I’m pretty happy with that.

  3. Joanne Fritz

    Yeah…that could work. I waste sooo much time on email. I subscribe to just everything and so I have a stream of stuff coming in to distract me. It’s all good stuff so I do want to read it, but…..

  4. Steven Snell

    I’m sure that could work well when you are in the right frame of mind. Sometimes I try to tune out distractions in my home office by closing everything but Blog Desk. Not quite the same, but it still helps to keep me from checking email every 2 minutes.

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