And you congratulated Josipovic?
We have surrounded ourselves with gadgets and services, and they surround us. Modern man spends his life in front of a monitor.
We come across a link on Facebook and start to read some left-leaning (or right-leaning) article, but then to the side we see a more enticing title.
“Why don’t we take a look?” says your inner voice.
“Later!” the intellect answers.
“We’ll forget later!”
“He’s right…” we think.
And there, in another article, a link to an author’s book… it would be a sin not to look. We go to Amazon to send ourselves a snippet. At the same time, we check out another fascinating book that many people bought with this one. Gotta send that one, too.
While we snoop around on Amazon, we get 7 likes on Facebook, and now we have to look to see if there are comments. It turns out there were a whole two. We cleverly answer the first, and already responded to the second with a clear plan to close Facebook and return to work, which you need to deliver on before dinner… And now there’s a funny response to our subsequent comment, and we have to respond in kind.
Back to work. Stop! Today’s birthdays include your friends Marius Josipovic, Marla Sausage, and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak.
“Congratulate Josipovic!” shouts that inner voice.
“I’ll congratulate him later, I have work!” you respond.
“You’ll forget later! Josipovic always comments on your stuff, don’t be a jerk. And Marla Sausage? Yes, she doesn’t ever comment, but she always likes your posts!”
“Happy Birthday” is too banal; you need a decent picture for Marla. This one she won’t get, this one is too good for her, and this one would be a pity to give. She sent me a nauseating pink cake on my birthday, with cream rosettes, but she meant well. To hell with it, I’ll send her a good one. And now for Josipovic…
Now your boss flies over to your cubicle.
“Are you finished?”
“I’m working on it,” you answer indignantly. “I still have five minutes, right? I want to look over it one more time.”
Your boss glances at his phone. He got a text. He grins; it’s clearly romantic. He thinks he’s the only one in the company that knows about his relationship with Rosetta Salami from the personnel department. He writes something to her, gets a response, and writes again. You cough.
“Gotta run. I expect this report in two hours!”
He took off. So where were we? Oh yeah, congratulations, Josipovic…
Brain researchers say that multitasking, which looks so admirable at first, is actually harmful.
This is what I like about Benjamin Eye Institute; they take time out for you, all without checking comments, likes, emails, texts, or an article about yet another scandal.
We have to learn how to treat ourselves the same way. Focus!
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