Fangs for the distraction

I came across a great phrase the other day – Time Vampires.  Which seems to be commonly defined as distractions or events that take you away from your working day.

So hello, Twitter.  And hi there to facebook and just about every other social networking site and blogging platform.  It’s very tempting when inspiration is failing to strike to click over to bloglines and see what’s new or to have a quick look at BrandRepublic.

To be fair, I regularly find blog posts via my RSS feeds that are hugely relevant to whatever I’m working on at the moment.  I just have to spend a lot of time wading through baby pictures, technology reviews and bitching to get to them.

I know some people who are really virtuous and only check their RSS feeds once a day.  I don’t have that kind of self control but having just moved desks to one where my laptop screen can be seen by at least twenty people at least there’s a bit more of an incentive to stay productive.

Aligned to what I see as a future move towards more discerning social networking (only using the networks that really work for you), maybe we’ll see a Second Life style growth in inactive accounts on Twitter as the world remembers that they really do have to get that report finished.


from xkcd.comcreative commons license applies

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