Sunday, September 13, 2015

Focus and Social Media

Over the summer I found myself on social media a lot less than when I am school. Other than work I had very little to do so I had larger amounts of time that I could spend reading a book or cleaning my room. When I'm at school I spend a lot more time on social media because it becomes a way to procrastinate. I tell myself that I will just go on Facebook for a few minutes before doing homework but end up spending a lot more time than I anticipated. Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with friends or stay updated on news or company information but it can also be a source of distraction and procrastination.

One of the ways I keep myself from being distracted by social media is by setting specific times I can go on social media. I also will decide I can only go through my Facebook timeline once before I have to go back to doing homework. That way I can still check social media but also make sure I get my homework done.

This world is full of distractions. Everywhere you turn there is social media, videos, TV and friends that can distract you. Our entire society is built on the idea of always being connected to the rest of the world. It takes a concentrated effort to stay focused on a singular task when we grow up learning that in order to survive you have to multitask. Everyone has to find the system that works best for them in order to be productive and stay focused.

1 comment:

  1. Rachel,

    I have the same exact problem as you do with regards to social media and distractions. When working on homework or studying for an exam, I will look for ways to procrastinate. There are just some assignments and classes that I hate working on, so I try to avoid them for as long as possible. When I do use Facebook as a study break, I will limit my time as well. I will only allow myself to spend a short period of time on Facebook before returning to my studies. In addition, I sometimes use Facebook as a little reward if I am having a productive day. For instance, if I get through the physiology packet, then I may allow myself to take a quick break. It is very hard to stay focused during this technological age, and it is all about finding a balance between productivity and taking time to relax.