by Jason Preston on September 11, 2009

News is a distraction-heavy business, and it’s only becoming more so.

Is looking for things to write about a distraction or is it work? Is browsing Twitter a distraction or is it work? In order to succeed as a newsbrand, one might say that you need to successfully distract people from what they are doing long enough to read your news.

In a distraction society, how do you get anything done?

I get a lot more work done when I do two things:

  1. Dedicating myself to whatever it is I am doing, and not interrupting myself until I am done.
  2. Keeping my computer desktop very clean; I have only my hard drive and one folder on it.

How do you deal with distractions?


1 conrad preston 09.11.09 at 10:39 am

For me I think the best way to avoid distractions is to plan ahead of time,
If I can layout what I need to do in a certain amount of time I find
It much easier for me to stay focused on the task at hand, and also the
Biggest, most important tip I can give as a teenager is to turn
Off your cell phone. Hardest thing to do, I’m distracting myself from school
Right now by posting this from my phone, blackberry curve was a good choice.

2 Eric Matas 09.11.09 at 7:51 pm

I race full speed ahead toward every distraction. Until the deadlines get closer.

Then I panic, drink Red Bull, and dig deep.

3 Gilz 09.12.09 at 5:30 am

Its easy to turn the cellphones of, close down the laptops and hide the XBOX games but when your two girls dance around nekkid in front of you when you want to read a book, THATS distracting… okay, I know, our house is strange…

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