Productivity hacking in the information age
As Paul Graham states in The Acceleration of Addictiveness, “…the world will get more addictive in the next 40 years than it did in the last 40.” Essentially, the incentive to produce Ad-tech heroin and content will always outpace the regulation to control it, so you have to take a personal stand to get shit done these days.
If you’re on a mac, Self Control is a domain blacklisting app that’s helped me fight this uphill battle over the last couple of years. They’re offering horse blinders and chainmail armor for the modern knowledge worker. Every morning I turn off the noise designed to trip my reptile brain wires for the next 30 minutes-24 hours.
Once you get past the withdrawal symptoms, there’s a more satisfying and lasting high that comes from long-term focus and being truly present in the task at hand. I’m pleased to say that my latest addiction is turning it back on as soon as it deactivates; my latest struggle is avoiding the source code and undoing it (because that would defeat the purpose). About to binge on focus, see you in 24 hours!
- StayFocused (downside is you can turn it off or use another browser, defeating the purpose)