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This week’s reflection point: We all know that the Internet is the world’s best tool—right at our fingertips—to transform our lives and improve our businesses. But the web is also the world’s biggest distraction, and one of the worst enemies of productivity. Do you leverage the web to its full potential? Or are you one of the scores of people “caught” in the web, mostly distracted by it rather than empowered by it?
If you think of yourself as a fly for a moment, the metaphor is incredibly apt: The worst thing that can ever happen to a fly is to get caught in a spider’s web. It’s all over at that point—the fly is done. The same is true of getting caught in the web of Internet distraction. Hypnotized by the mindless pull of surfing the web for entertaining memes on Facebook, Twitter, and your favorite blogs, you quickly become stuck. Soon, you have ADD to the highest power. You can waste weeks of your time aimlessly surfing the web—the hours add up like you wouldn’t believe!
So how can you avoid becoming an online couch potato, and instead use the web in positive, productive, and empowering ways for your business?
In simple terms, you need to take control of your life. Face the reality that the web has a “dark side”—the side that compels you to compulsively check social media, at all hours of the day—and admit that you need to actively resist its pull. You must set aside time each day dedicated to creating and delivering value to your customers. That time should be sacred to you. The dark side of the web shouldn’t be allowed near it.
Once you set these parameters, then you can leverage the power of the Internet to grow yourself and your business. Here are three key ways to jumpstart your new productive relationship with the web:
How can you improve the way you interact with the web? Get started now—and watch your productivity soar.
This week’s tip: Don’t get caught in the online web of distractions and mindless entertainment. Instead, leverage the web of business tools and opportunities that can transform your business and refocus your productivity.