People who make phones and apps are smarter than us. Their only goal is to get you hooked. I think it’s good to realize that.
That’s why I often try to remind myself not to depend on smartphones too much because my attention matters more than productivity.
It’s time to reclaim your attention. And thereby, reclaim your life. It’s worth it.
Stoic philosopher Epictetus wrote, "Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people's weakness."
This is very telling even in our age about our attention and the things we focus on. We let other people decide what to focus on and are defenceless when the media exploits our weaknesses. Instead, we should control where we direct our attention.
To be an effective writer it's important to understand who you're writing for and what your article can do for them, because you only have about 15 seconds in order to catch their attention.
It takes time to learn who we're writing for and what our goals are, so while you tackle on this journey remember to be kind to yourself while at it.
Our phones, especially social media apps, may drain our time and energy. Scrolling often starts when you're responding to a message, reading an article, or looking at a few pictures. Then, four hours later, you feel nauseated by the wasted time.
To avoid this, get specific about the reasons you're online. Go through the apps you use most and think about the core reason you want to check each app, the reason why you overdo it, and alternative to help you stick more closely to your core reasons. You may decide to limit your social media to 20 minutes a day, talk one-on-one with friends, or unfollow or muting half the people you follow.
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