Money may not buy your happiness, but it can certainly buy your freedom. Fantastic article.
The trick is making sure you stay on top of communications without letting it rule your day. Absolutely, if you’re ignoring stuff, you’re creating more problems than you’re solving.
I try to only check my email twice a day. Anything more than that turns into a giant distraction for me. But, I also make sure that I power through my inbox and get to anything urgent the moment I open it up.
I’ve got “Squirrel!” syndrome, so anything that gets the distractions our of my face is a good thing. Automating the hiding/closing of these applications has been the single greatest productivity hack of the year for me.
In the short-run but in the long-run? It’s probably costing media WAY more than they know or can measure. If they’re not already rebuilding that user experience, they’re just enabling future generations of adblock users.