June 16

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Don’t get addicted to the news or you’ll loose focus

By Ralph Varcoe

June 16, 2020

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3.4   News is So Yesterday

Productivity hack no.33 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.


The news is so depressing. It’s full of war, death, disease, fighting (politicians and others). And while it may be new today it’s old before you can say “What happened?”

I know people who pour over all the articles and opinion pieces, who are constantly listening to the radio or watching News 24, or something similar. And that is OK if you’re a journalist, politician, or political/current affairs commentator. It’s also OK if you choose to do that and don’t have other things to do where you need to reclaim some time.

But if you have something you want to get done then go on a news diet.

I don’t suggest a complete black-out because it’s a good thing to know what’s happening out there. You would make yourself a tedious dinner guest if you knew nothing about current affairs and you’d find it difficult to hold your own in a conversation. Some things are important and worth knowing. The whole #MeToo movement in 2018 was really important. Knowing the potential impact to us in Britain as a result of Brexit is important - it’s the biggest thing to happen to the country since the Second World War. But a lot of the news is a time-waster.

Pick a good news summary App or feed and get the main points from reading the potted versions. You can keep up to date without spending a lot of time on it.

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Ralph Varcoe

About the author

For over 20 years, Ralph has run sales and marketing teams across large enterprises and smaller start-ups, at companies such as Orange, Tata Communications, Virgin Media, Spirit Ai and others. He brings a wealth of experience in personal and professional development with a laser focus on enabling people to achieve more than they thought possible. He's a published author and musician with a passion for creating - be that change, the right solution, exciting campaigns, the right environment for customers to succeed, or podcasts, videos and written content.

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