I don’t even actually think about it anymore: whenever I get the slightest bit bored or disinterested in something I’m reading, my fingers seem to know automatically to hit the “cmd + T” keys to open a new browser tab, type in “fa” + down arrow + enter, and poof! I arrive at Facebook.com within 0.3 seconds. tweet
“For the most part, I would argue that the above phenomena are definitely moving us forward in many ways, but our productivity suffers at the points when the relevant connections (article-sharing, book discussions, informative e-mails or messages) are mixed with the irrelevant ones (personal gchats, Facebook walls, etc.). That boundary is difficult to maintain, especially when the social web has descended upon our personal lives as gradually as it has. As a result of its slow(ish) introduction over the past 10 years or so, digital distraction has come to such a point that it’s almost a matter of muscle memory. I don’t even actually think about it anymore: whenever I get the slightest bit bored or disinterested in something I’m reading, my fingers seem to know automatically to hit the “cmd + T” keys to open a new browser tab, type in “fa” + down arrow + enter, and poof! I arrive at Facebook.com within 0.3 seconds. It’s not a good feeling, either: I find myself exasperated and angry at my own lack of productivity at the end of many days. I might have read bits and bobs of papers and jotted down some notes in between responding to Facebook messages and gchats, but nothing has actually been produced.”
Mon ikke et par lærere kan genkende denne situation, når man fx skal til at rette et sæt afleveringer … ? Jeg kan i hvert fald.
Overspringshandlinger er jo ikke et nyt fænomen – men de sociale medier er lige ved hånden, når man sidder og arbejder online. Fristelser galore i forhold til overspringshandlinger i førbredbåndstid ?
- Kør netfri undervisning. På Herning Gymnasium har vi med UMS’en fået mulighed for at afkoble elever fra skolens net i kortere eller længere perioder, fx i forbindelse med prøver.
- Man kan bede eleverne “klappe i” (altså deres bærbare) – men så kan de jo ikke tage noter…
- Man kan introducere eleverne for ‘tænd-sluk-for-wi-fi – knappen’ på deres pc. Eller man kan
- Installere en rygrad i form af programmer, der blokerer for tidsrøverne.
Det sidste har Nicole P. i hvert fald prøvet:
I’ve installed two main applications on my Mac — SelfControl and RescueTime — that are helping me with this. tweet
“However, as much as “technology” seems to be the culprit these days, it can also provide some solutions. As I mentioned above, I think we can begin to unlearn some of the habits we’ve developed, and there are already some programs popping up that can help us do so. I’ve installed two main applications on my Mac — SelfControl and RescueTime — that are helping me with this. SelfControl allows me to create a “blacklist” of Web sites to block (my usuals are Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and Twitter) and a timer to set for when I can have access to the Web sites again. (And by “block” I mean seriously block … shutting down the computer or taking out its battery won’t do a thing.) The timer serves as a great, hovering countdown, reminding me that I should be working and doing nothing else until my next break. RescueTime runs in the background, and it records the amounts of time I spend in all of my programs, providing me with a “productivity summary” at the end of each week. This way, I can diagnose where I’m losing most of my time on my laptop. A typical working session for me involves slapping on a 90-minute SelfControl block, putting my iPhone face-down and on silent, and playing some white noise from simplynoise.com into my headphones.
Is my solution over-the-top? Maybe… but so are the distractions we live with. “Productivity in the Age of Twitter” might involve a lot of self-discipline (and perhaps a hand from some neat apps), but I think it’s possible to avoid distraction in short bursts. And maybe one day we’ll be trained enough to not need the drastic disciplinary measures anymore. There’s hope.”
Opdatering 14/5 2014: Her er de to programmer, vi anbefaler: