Stop screen sucking

Screen sucking is just staring at your computer screen.  You're not getting anything done, you're just mindlessly on the computer.

Sometimes we screen suck during our recreational time. It's late, we're at home, tired, and we're just mindlessly surfing the internet.

But often we screen suck at work.  We're faced with a problem, or we're overwhelmed with the amount of work in front of us, and we just stare at our computer screens for hours, hoping to "grind it out."

North America has a “sitting paradigm” for doing work.  If the boss sees you staring at your monitor he might assume that you’re working.  But sitting at your computer isn’t the best way to focus your mental energy.  This Fast Company article suggests that the unfocused mind is the key to real breakthroughs.

Better problem solving involves getting out of the office; standing, walking, or laying down.  It could include nature, exercise, or closing our eyes.  Food, color, sound and textures could also stimulate creative solutions.

Sitting at a workstation doesn’t equal working hard.  Stand up, get out.  Problem solved.

Published on August 25th, 2011
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