One more strategy to be more productive this year — uninstall Quora

This might be a reasonably apt description of how I look like when using Quora
  1. I don’t follow a lot of people. I don’t believe in following ‘like minded’ people. Really restricts your outlook of life. I have come across countless interesting personalities because I chose to treat everyone as if they were on the same pedestal — a stranger. And then I let their words speak to me. So, I follow topics. But the kind of questions I see getting asked — even in completely professional topics — these days has been getting on my nerves more and more. I unfollowed topics related to my school precisely because of that. No I don’t wanna know if Mr. X is the most intelligent people you have ever worked with, and to be honest, neither should you. Get a life! So, my content consumption time is way overshadowed by the time I spend just scrolling through — sometimes in frustration.
  2. I read. A lot. So, before I realise, I notice that another hour has passed me by. Sure, I do gain some knowledge, some unique perspective — from time to time. But I am not sure if that is worth the time it takes for me to get there. The bathroom breaks have gotten longer and Quora has been chipping away — one scroll at a time — at the hours I could actually be working.
  3. Your Quora answers are out there in the wild. People will continue to discover them, sometimes find it interesting, and then upvote. And ding goes the phone. Now, as much as I would like to claim I don’t live for social validation, we are all social animals. So yeah, I do check those notifications from time to time. That’s a lot of unscheduled breaks during the day, a lot of discontinuity in your peak productive state of mind.
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