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6 Steps to Stop Reading 6 Step Articles

There is no one that has not stopped for a moment and wondered what people ever did before the internet. Generally, those that ponder this absurdity are in the process of tweeting, texting, reading and listening to their spouse explain why the accident was the other guy’s fault.

A prime example of how we have all reaped the benefits of the internet is how the definition of the term multi-task has changed. Before social media and all the glories of the web, it meant changing the channel on TV while listening to your child beg for a product being advertised. Ah, yes. What did people do before they developed the skill of multi-tasking?

There are only so many hours in the day to gather information, keep in touch with friends, connect with associates, share special moments with family, encourage children, volunteer in the community, organize teams for social movements and still develop new skill sets to improve your life for the betterment of your family. Until we had learned to multi-task like super mice on a perpetual exercise wheel, we were obviously depriving ourselves and family members.

Like many of us, you may have discovered that 6-step articles are just short enough to encompass the essentials of any subject and just long enough that important elements are not omitted. There is so much to learn and such a short time to work it all in.

But, with all that knowledge acquired, it’s easy to run out of time to apply any of it. So, how do we shatter the addiction?

Here are 6 Steps to Stop Reading 6 Step Articles.
Step 1: On Paper, Write Down 5 Things That You Have to Get Done Before You Get Out of Bed
By refusing to pick up your tablet, iPhone or laptop and write on actual paper the things you really need to accomplish each day, you won’t get distracted by incoming tweets, live-blogging associates or flash-card-like emails popping up dancing in front of your eyes. Once you hit the web, there are all kinds of articles that become absolute must-reads or your day will be incomplete.

For example, how about the article “6 Ways to Study India’s Rajasthan Region?” This knowledge could save someone planning a trip to India tons of time avoiding traipsing repeatedly around 50 similar caves, palaces and museums. Of course, if you don’t know anyone heading to India in the next 60-days, this may be useless.
Then, there is “6 Ways to Stop Excessive Wrinkles” and “6 Ways to Make Sure Your Daughter Doesn’t Hate Your Life”. One seems to be the cause of the other thus having these solutions at hand is certainly improving your family life.
And, who among us could pass up “6 Ways to Cause Knee Damage and Ruin Your Knees?” That really is an article on a medical information site in case anyone wants to know how to do this.

Step 2: Don’t Read Online News or Social Media When You Arrive at the Office
Inevitably one news story leads to another, which leads to comments on blogs, which requires sharing the articles on your Facebook page and tweeting out a hashtag to inform your followers that you are on the case! Without any effort at all, two hours have elapsed before you open the first email from your supervisor recommending that you initiate a rule for your department stating that less time should be spent online.

Step 3: Don’t Read Blogs Written by People Who Only Read Blogs
These are the blogs that are the most entertaining and bear little productive fruit to improve anything. They are also the ones that you convince yourself that you need most of all because you need something to lighten the tension of the day.

Step 4: Don’t Be a Victim to the Fear That You Are Missing Something Online
A major weakness among the virtual generation is the fear of not knowing what everyone else in your virtual circle knows. Weigh what you believe is important to know and refuse to be a victim of social media pressure to know everything about everything about the internet of anything.
The likelihood that someone is going to start a war and you’ll be the last to know is remote, at best. The possibility that someone finds a cure before you find someone with the disease is non-essential to your own productivity. Give up your victimhood status and pretend that you are leading the way in your social circles. Fake it until you make it!

Step 5: If You Get Stuck at Work – Don’t Go Online – Drink Water
Water is the elixir of life and water will clean the chemicals in your brain that have been overloaded with data consumption. Additionally, drinking water leads to going to the bathroom and now you have created a double-whammy task to keep your fingers from doing any walking on the web.

Step 6: Don’t Read Online News or Social Media Right before Bed
Reading online news or checking your social sites before bed leads to discussions of everything that you discovered someone else said that was wrong and compulsively need to correct. After all, if you don’t correct it, others may believe it and it could ruin something in someone’s life. And, when you correct something, someone else has to comment on your correction where you must then either cite statistics or defend your position. As impossible as it may seem, it really is not your personal obligation to police the internet.

Besides, there is nothing more distracting to an intimate moment with your spouse than the beep-beep-beep of an incoming tweet or news alert.

Brian Kuhn is a financial planner with PSG Clarity in Fulton, MD. Securities offered through Triad Advisors, Member FINRA / SIPC. Advisory Services offered through Planning Solutions Group, LLC. Planning Solutions Group, LLC is not affiliated with Triad Advisors. PSG Clarity is a division of Planning Solutions Group, LLC.

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