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Why You Just Lost 20 Minutes to the Internet. When was the last time you checked email, Facebook, or Twitter? (Are you checking those feeds right now, while you’ve got a tab open for this blog post?) Does your time on the internet distract you from your priority projects and tasks? If so, you’re not alone. Almost everyone I talk to about productivity complains about losing time online because it’s so easy to find yourself following a trail of links you didn’t deliberately set out to read.

In fact, most apps and online sites are intentionally designed to be enticing and distracting — after all, Facebook can’t sell advertisements for the hours you spend writing your manuscript — only for the hours you spend on its site. Our brains respond to the intermittent rewards of email and social media with little bursts of dopamine, which can drive us to seek more, as Bill Davidow explains at The Atlantic in Exploiting the Neuroscience of Internet Addiction : Which apps or sites do you find most distracting to your productivity?

Return to Top. Productivity Through Accountability. Finding the motivation to persevere through lengthy tasks with no end or reward in site is a major part of being an academic: the process of writing a thesis is metaphorically compared to training for a marathon for a reason, and both certainly result in plenty of pain before the pay-off. I use running as my main strategy to counteract many hours spent at the computer, and I’ve found that signing up for a race and committing to a training plan is the only way I make any progress. It’s not unlike the rush I get knowing I have a deadline for a project — I have a lot more trouble starting something that I don’t know what I’m going to do with than I do writing something where I know an editor is expecting it on a deadline. I’m writing this post tonight in part because I’ve joined a writing challenge run by a campus research group, and I’m feeling behind in my time on task goals for the day.

Even committing to a public goal and reporting back can be a great way to get started. Return to Top. Whiteboard - Task and Project Management.

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Slack is team communication for the 21st century. Daily - DashEDU. The Components of a Content Manager’s Editorial Calendar. Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and freelance writer. For more insights on how to be a better marketer, sign up for Brian Honigman’s weekly newsletter. This post originally appeared on the his blog.

Orchestrating a coherent content strategy and building a blog audience often requires the coordination on many pieces of content created by multiple content creators. Working from one editorial calendar is essential for the long-term success of your blog. These various challenges may seem daunting, but they can all be addressed by putting time and energy into creating one simple and uniform document used by the entire team.

A robust, well-reasoned and methodically constructed editorial calendar can be the most critical piece of your content strategy. This post will show you how to take a lowly blank spreadsheet and turn it into your content marketing’s key strategic source. Define your content’s mission Pinpoint your audience Determine content frequency. New Poster- 15 Useful Tips to Help Students Overcome Procrastination. February 10, 2015 If anything, digitally has taken procrastination to unprecedented levels. Keeping focused and on task in a world where multiple sources of distraction are at work competing for ones’ attention is really a challenging endeavour.

And when it comes to students and digital natives the case is even worse. I sometimes think that we, digital immigrants, are really lucky to have studied in an era where the hype of Internet and social media was non existent. However, procrastination does not have a sole cause and digital preoccupation is only one factor among many that lead to this state of inaction.

The visual below features 15 interesting and scientifically-backed strategies that students can use to beat procrastination. I want you to check them out and share them with your students. Here is a brief round-up of these strategies. Source: Essay Expert Courtesy of : eLearning Infographics.