With the internet, a revolution in productivity was promised. They predicted that we would work less and achieve more in less time.

What did we end up with then? Constant communication, a lack of separation between work and home, the feeling that we are always falling behind, terrible productivity metrics… and at least a few funny reaction GIFs. I don’t know where things went wrong.

Stop. Breathe. We Keep This.

Discover the Solution

Cal Newport, a computer scientist at Georgetown University, has written multiple books in an effort to find the solution.

In accordance with his views, the technological advances that were hailed as making life more productive, happy, and socially prosperous have really made us feel more worn out, empty, and nervous than ever before.

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deciding if it was worthwhile to take on this project.

I have always considered Newport’s work to be unduly individualistic because I work in a setting where Slack and email are the primary forms of communication. His 2021 book, “A World Without Email,” on the other hand, is exclusively on system design.

According to Newport, the failure of markets and businesses to rethink work in the context of the digital age is unparalleled. But things could alter. We have the ability to change the circumstance.

Basics: Stop Breathe Believe

Simply pausing what you’re doing and paying attention to your thoughts is the first step to getting through a challenging scenario.

You can even tell yourself, “Stop, Brenda,” to stop the constant stream of thoughts going through your head. “Stephen, stop what you’re thinking.” When speaking to oneself, keep a soft yet firm tone of voice.

Conclusion

Pay attention to your thoughts right now. Without passing any judgement on them, simply become aware of any thoughts that come up and write them down. “Red thoughts” and “green ideas” are regularly discussed in therapy sessions using the stoplight metaphor.

It’s normal for me to hear red thoughts along the lines of “I’ll never get through this.” Let’s continue developing this red idea for our upcoming exercise, Breathe.