Why Disconnecting From The Internet Improves Your Focus

Darius Foroux
Jun 27, 2016 · 4 min read

“To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”
— Seneca

Why do you think Netflix automatically starts the next episode in 3, 2, 1 seconds? When that happens, you think: “Screw it, let’s watch another episode.”

Doing focused work is HARD. We’re always distracted.

And it’s not your fault. Most technology taps into your lizard brain and locks you in — it turns you into a consumer.

  • Too much love? You will smother people.
  • Too much work? You will burn out.
  • Too much food? You will get fat.
  • Too much water? You will die.
  • On my laptop, I use an app called SelfControl (Mac only) during the times I work (try FocusMe for Windows). The app blocks distracting sites. The advantage is that my apps like Evernote, DayOne, Office 365 remain connected so I can save my work in the cloud.

“Always connected,” isn’t a good thing for your focus and productivity.

It’s the same as going to the gym. Or having dinner. Or having a romantic evening with your partner. You don’t do those things for 24 hours a day. You do them for thirty minutes, an hour, or a few hours. Too much of those things is simply not effective.


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Darius Foroux

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I write about productivity, habits, decision making, and personal finance. My book, The Road To Better Habits, is now free http://dariusforoux.com/better-habits

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A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org